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What core exercises should I do for combat sports?

Begin with a basic crunch with a medicine ball, followed immediately by a TRX roll-out (suspension system) for the unstable movement. This is a great way to really load the abdominals as well as allowing the hips to counteract rotational forces. Another great combination of core power exercises is combining a reverse crunch on a ball (athlete lies face up on a ball and holds on to a stable object, thrusting the legs into the air with rotation); perform 3-5 repetitions, followed immediately with an explosive medicine ball pullover throw against a wall (athlete lies on a ball holding a medicine ball, crunches up, throws the ball at a wall and rebounds the ball off the wall); perform 10 repetitions. All exercises are performed with a fast tempo and good technique. This series of exercises will enhance the ability of your core muscles to generate forces that are crucial in combat sports.

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