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Updated on Saturday, January 17

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QUESTION: To all the fellow students who work out, how do you work on your core? I usually do core exercises at the end of every workout but lately I have been thinking of doing it with my cardio days for some isolation. I know all the exercises I do use my core but I want to try isolating it and make it stronger? Any suggestions on what is the best way to do this?

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  1. Heavy squats and heavy deadlifts

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    1. +1. After I do deadlifts (my squats are a bit lighter than they should be) My core KILLS the next day.

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  2. Heavy squats and deadlifts? Tf wrong wit u.. OP weighted planks and hanging leg raises

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    1. 1 here: It's more efficient to do heavy compound exercises like the squat, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press, than it is to do isolation exercises. This is especially true at beginner weights. Once you move on to move advanced weight (say when you can deadlift 400+, Squat 300+, Bench 200+ and OHP 150+) then isolation exercises may become more appropriate. The core however is never necessary to isolate due to the fact that it is used so much while building up your overall body strength. OP said he wants a stronger core, not a larger core. When it comes to strength, you can't beat powerlifting.

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    2. Squats, deadlifts, and bench aren't powerlifting?

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    3. I didn't say they weren't powerlifting. They're all powerlifting is lol.

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    4. The question mark is what's causing the confusion. I meant to say that they're not powerlifting, just lifting.

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  3. What 1 said. Heavy squats/deadlifts will target your core, especially the small muscles. You shouldn't have to do exercises that work your core specifically. Sit-ups do almost nothing.

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  4. O.P. here - I am already doing squats and deadlifts but I want to increase the weight gradually. I don't want to do a "heavy" weight just for my core workout. Any other recommendations?

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    1. You just do normal weight, OP. "Heavy" is what it feels like to you, not an arbitrary number.

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  5. Ab rollouts and knee lifts

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