Travis Kelce had a breakout season for the Kansas City Chiefs, grabbing 72 balls for 875 yards and earning his first Pro Bowl nod.
Kelce is a prototypical “new tight end.” His combination of size, strength and speed make him a nightmare for defenses. He’s too fast for linebackers to cover and too big for defensive backs to handle.
Kelce has a strong upper body and a powerful lower body, but he believes his rock-solid core is the the real key to his freakish athleticism.
“As an athlete, period, your core is like the friggin’ engine. It triggers everything, it gets everything going. Guys can be as big as they want in the limbs, but if they’re weak in the core, they’re not going to be a good football player,” Kelce told STACK. “You have to be able to sustain all those hits you take from different areas and still do your work.”
Kelce is totally right. A weak core prevents you from generating power and reaching your peak athletic performance. Running, jumping, cutting, blocking—nearly every move you make on the football field relies heavily on core strength.
Kelce likes to use a move known as the Bunkie to strengthen every part of his core.
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