15 Plank Variations to Strengthen Your Core and Help You Support Your Big Lifts

Too many people go about building core strength the wrong way. They sit all day working with a rounded back and then head to the gym to put themselves in more flexion through countless sit-ups and crunches. At that point, it’s only a matter of time before your lower back gets angry at you.

On the surface, it’s a smart thought — with most muscles you train, you want to flex and contract it through a certain range of motion. But comprehensive core training means working toward stability and multi-directional strength, not just flexion. If you’re a serious lifter hoisting barbells off the ground and over your head, you can never get enough core stability.