6 Core Moves That Will Help Improve Your Swing

Improve Your Strength and Swing

 Getting abs isn’t easy, but it’s soo worth it!

Core work has many benefits: It improves posture and athletic performance, curbs lower-bck pain, and helps with your heart and digestive system.

In other words, challenging your core is a necessity, especially when it comes to improving your golf swing, stance and posture—and these six exercises helps you do just that.

Because transforming your core takes a whole lot more than just your standard sit-up, we bring you six unique moves that target and engage your muscles from all angles for next-level results.Bonus: They’re also way more fun than doing crunches ad nauseam.

  1. Tuck/Pike/Straddle

    Start lying on your back with both knees bent. Bring your knees into your chest as you reach towards your feet. Next, reach for your toes as you come into a pike position, then reach forward as you come into a straddle. Be sure to squeeze your lower abdominal muscles as you come up through your straddle. Repeat for 12 reps.

  2. Towel Knee-Up

    Start lying on your back with your legs extended all the way out and your arms extended straight over your head. Holding a towel tight over your head creating tension in your shoulders, bring your knees into your chest as you lift your shoulders off the ground. Be sure to squeeze your lower abdominal muscles at the top. Repeat for 12 reps.

  3. Slow Mountain Climbers

    Start in plank position with your core engaged. Slowly draw your knee towards your chest, then draw the opposite leg. Perform 12 reps on each side.

  4. V-Up

    Return to lying position. With arms alongside your ears and toes pointed, try to touch your toes as you come into a V position. Perform 12 reps.

  5. Scissor Kick

    Take your hands behind your head, extend both legs on the ground in front of you. Keeping your lower back pressed into the ground, bring one leg up as you reach the opposite hand to the outside of your foot (or ankle or calf if you can’t reach) Repeat with opposite arm and leg for 12 reps.

  6. Side Tuck-Up

    With fingers facing your heels, turn knees to the side and bring knees into chest as you remain leaning back. Perform 20 reps, then rotate and perform 20 reps on the opposite side.

If You Want Something More Challenging…

Equipment Required: Dumbbells (optional—for advanced)

Workout Overview: Complete 5 sets, alternating between two exercises:

Set 1: Russian twists and crunches
2: Cross crawl and reverse sit-ups/wood-choppers
3: Side jackknives and side planks
4: Hand to leg V-ups and supermans
5: Leg lifts and toe touches