Abs and Core Exercises

Best Ways to Incorporate Core Exercises Into Your Workout

Benefit from core strengthening moves before, during and after your workout.


3. Integrate Core Training After the Workout

Core-specific exercises should be done AFTER the workout as to not interfere with the main goal of the workout, i.e., get stronger. You don’t want to comprise any MAIN lift. For example, performing renegade rows before a heavy deadlift might not be the best idea. Save your primary core exercise(s) until after the workout.

4. Integrate Core Training Into Extra Workouts

Performing core-only workouts with additional training sessions during the week will allow you to really focus on getting your core stronger and bring up any weaknesses you might have. You don’t want to rush through the exercises, which typically happens if you wait until the end of your workout to hit your core. Also, these “extra sessions” don’t have to be long; just 15-20 minutes will be enough to get through 2-3 exercises. Another hidden benefit is that performing extra sessions during the week will improve your overall work capacity, or base level of conditioning.

It doesn’t matter when you get your core work in; just get it in. Having a stronger core will affect everything you do. It will make you bulletproof and improve your durability (from injury), increase your strength and power potential, and help correct your posture.

My new Diesel Core program will show you how to easily implement core training into your workouts and what the best 100 core training exercises are for getting you stronger and more powerful.


Jim Smith is a highly respected, world-renowned strength and conditioning coach. A member of the LIVESTRONG.com Fitness Advisory Board, Jim has been called one of the most "innovative strength coaches" in the fitness industry. Training athletes, fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors, Jim has dedicated himself to helping them reach "beyond their potential." He is also the owner of Diesel Strength & Conditioning in Elmira, NY.