Crunches and sit-ups are all very well, but the simple fact is that they’re not what your abs are built for. Or, as trainer Tony Gentilcore puts it, ‘Our “core” is more of a cross-hatched web, and its main functions are actually resisting trunk extension, posterior pelvic tilt, and transmission of hoop stress.’ In other words, you should be training to stop movement with your core, not start it.
How? With the mighty Pallof press. Named after its creator John Pallof, it comes in several flavours – including cable and band variations – but the TRX version is adaptable, simple and possible almost anywhere. Remember: stick, don’t twist.
How to do it
Sets 3 Reps 5 each side
Stand with your feet in a staggered stance to the side of the TRX anchor point. Hold the TRX handles in both hands against your chest, and lean against it so it’s taking your weight. Push your hands out slowly to increase the torque on your midsection. Bring your hands back in to complete one rep. Looking forward to the next four?
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