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Categorizing Core Stability Exercises: Not As Easy As One Might Think

Written on October 3, 2013 at 9:58 am, by Eric Cressey

Most people try to segment their core stability work into multiple categories when they are writing strength and conditioning programs.  As I discuss and demonstrate in today's video, though, they aren't as easy to subdivide as one might think:

If you're looking for more assessment, coaching, and programming strategies with respect to core stability exercises, I'd encourage you to check out our resource, Functional Stability Training of the Core. It's available in both online-only and DVD versions.

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10 Responses to “Categorizing Core Stability Exercises: Not As Easy As One Might Think”

  1. Shane"Aussie" McLean Says:

    Good points Eric. Always feel smarter after you explain and give in depth explanations.

  2. Francois Says:

    Cool exercise. Stealing it. Good info too. Keep up the good work.

  3. Mark Says:

    I’m looking forward to checking out this video but as yet my PC won’t allow me to play the clip but the ‘core’ aspect prompted me to ask a question about the dead bug exercise – you set up laid on your back with arms and legs in the air & knees bent 90o, brace abs and drop opposite arms and legs out.

    Should you also set up by tilting pelvis to keep low back flat on the floor as when I leave a natural arch between my back and the floor I feel my low back.


  4. Mark Says:

    Further to dead bug comment above, any tips about breathing pattern with these please? (Eg, should you breath out mid rep – when opposite arm/leg extended – and in when back to start position?

  5. Eric Cressey Says:

    Yes, Mark; get rid of the arch.

  6. Eric Cressey Says:


    Exhale at the bottom of each rep.

  7. Mark Says:

    Thanks for the advice. One last thing please – I find it easier to tilt pelvis when laid on back with legs bent and feet still on floor – I tilt to flatten back and then bring legs in the air one at a time and then engage core. Is this ok as I find it nearly impossible to tile pelvis if I get into the full dead bug position (legs in air) first? Thanks once more

  8. Jared Says:


    I’m trying to get my players to focus on balance. What are some key exercises/drills that can benefit high school baseball players immediately?

  9. Eric Cressey Says:


    Check out some of the drills I outlined here:


  10. Shana Says:

    IS there an exercise where he needs to have the rope parallel to his chest –
    meaning in the exercise hes doing now seems like hes getting alot of shoulder action as well as core

    i do a similar exercise while trying to maintain my hands – that are holding the tip of rope on same line as my chest

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