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You crunch, you plank, you twist, you raise. Your core program covers all bases. Or does it? Actually, there’s a good chance it’s lacking a key component: antirotation.
The ability to resist forces from turning your body is valuable. For athletes, it keeps them from producing force in the wrong direction when they throw, swing, or punch. It can also help everyday gym rats transfer more power to their big compound lifts and stabilize better during unilateral exercises. And if rotational moves like woodchoppers and Russian twists are staples in your abs routine, antirotational moves—like the supine ball shuffle, shown here—can act as a complement.
“Antirotation exercises can strengthen rotational patterns and make them safer because you’re not constantly repeating high velocity rotational movements,” says Brian Richardson, M.S., NASM-P.E.S., a strength coach and the co-owner of Dynamic Fitness in Temecula, CA. Translation: Working antirotation strengthens your ability to rotate.
The supine ball shuffle is a dynamic exercise that combines the benefits of a plank with total-body coordination. During the movement, your muscles will experience “gradated recruitment.” This means as you get more fatigued, your body will recruit more muscle fibers for the job. Over time, this results in a greater ability to contract the muscles and, ultimately, more core stability.