Core Articles

Staying balanced and powerful starts with the core, the collection of muscles around an athlete's lower back and midsection. Train your core with advanced movements or get started with a few beginner-level exercises. STACK will show you the right way to get abs as an athlete and explain how your core can help you perform better in your sport with workouts and tips from the best in the business.

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LeBron's Secret to Being Better Than Ever in Season 15? Superhuman Core Strength

With his recent play, 33-year-old LeBron James has ascended to yet another level of basketball greatness. He may soon find himself in a stratosphere w...

Top Strength Coaches Used to Love These Exercises—Now They Know Better

As a trainer, progression is everything. Just as exercises have progressions, it's your responsibility to continually evolve your education, methods, ...

How a Yoga Ball and a Resistance Band Can Help Athletes Build the Best Type of Core Strength

"Anti-core training" is a massively important piece of the athletic development puzzle. The term "anti" refers to the resisting of lumbar flexion, ...

The Steel Mace: Why Every Athlete Should Know This Unique Piece of Equipment

My earliest memories of athletic training revolve around conventional equipment. You know, the barbells, dumbbells and weight plates that make up most...

9 Unique Ways You Can Use a Foam Roller to Become a Better Athlete

A foam roller has an extremely boring job. It usually lays somewhere in the corner of a fitness facility or weight room, waiting for you to pick it...

Four Old-School Exercises That Still Get Great Results

Stuck in a rut with your offseason or in-season conditioning program? The following workout comprising of four old-school exercises can provide a refr...

Improve Your Crossover Step to Become a More Explosive Basketball Player

If you're a basketball player and you're not working on your crossover step, you're missing out. A crossover step simply refers to "crossing" one l...

The Perfect Plank for Maximum Shoulder Stability and Strength

Having trained over 3,000 people in my fitness career, I've seen a lot of patterns in the mistakes people make when attempting to learn common exercis...

Why Improved Stability—Not More Stretching—Could Be Your Best Solution for Tight Muscles

Common thought dictates that if a muscle feels tight, we should be stretching it. A number of common movement issues are blamed on muscle X or Y be...

5 Advanced Core Exercises for Soccer Players

I am not a fan of Crunches. It is a bold statement, but Crunches do not translate to improved soccer performance or reduced risk of injury on the p...

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