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Back Up Your Abs Work
by: Sandra Prior

Challenge your midsection like never before with a new spin on a classic ab builder.

Adding resistance to an exercise can recruit your core, strengthening your body's pillar - your *** DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK!!! *** torso, hips and shoulders. Adding the cable row to a lateral pillar bridge, ‘feels as if someone's pushing you forwards and backwards,’ says performance coach Anthony Slater. That'll boost your strength throughout your pillar.

The Benefit

You'll build a more stable midsection, so you can stand taller and perform better in sports. Before trying this variation, which is primarily aimed at your pillar muscles, you should be able to hold a lateral bridge for 30 seconds (so don't skip your back workout).

How to Do It

1. Attach a handle to the low-pulley cable and grab it with your right hand. Lie on your left side slightly further than arm's length away from the weight stack so you keep tension on the cable.

2. With your forearm under your shoulder and your feet stacked, push your hip off the floor to create a straight line from ankle to shoulder. Next, draw the handle to your ribcage, keeping you body elevated and in the same position. Squeeze your shoulder blades while drawing the handle in.

3. Slowly straighten your arm back out in front of you. Aim to perform the movement for 30 seconds or eight to 10 reps, but stop before your form falters - for example, if your hips sag or your trunk rotates. Switch sides and repeat the movement.


To stay aligned, keep your abs braced as if you're about to take a blow to your stomach. And don't be afraid to add weight, says Slater. The resistance can help you learn how to engage your pillar properly. Once you feel comfortable with the movement, increase the speed of your row. The faster you move your arm, the more torque you create for your torso muscles to resist - and the greater you'll be able to improve your rotational stability, which is key to performing well in sports.

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