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“When I strengthen my core, I feel like it helps my other muscles work more efficiently,” Ihedigbo says. He incorporates plank exercises in his routine to build strength. “I’ll hold the plank position with my elbows on the ground for a minute, and then I’ll do the same thing with a leg up or an arm behind my back,” he says.
Shaw has several diabolical drills he does with players, including one involving a 20-foot telephone pole. Five players lie side by side about 4 feet apart and rest the poll across their chests. Then they do a set of 20 situps while cradling the pole. “This forces everyone to work together and each guy has to use muscles he wouldn’t normally use doing weighted situps on his own.” Another good one for anyone at the gym or at home is a core variation of Simon Says. This workout can be done with as few as two people or as many as 10. The goal is to do 10 sets of core moves. So the first person picks a move and everyone in the group does it with him. Then the next guy goes and picks a move he wants to do, and so on.
Try this at home: Plank with diagonal lift