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The One Core Exercise That Shreds Your Entire Abdomen

Best Life logo Best Life 3 days ago Mark Verstegen

The One Core Exercise That Shreds Your Entire Abdomen © Provided by Best Life The One Core Exercise That Shreds Your Entire Abdomen The High-Cable Split Stability Chop is the most effective core exercise there is: It fosters rock-solid strength to help you meet all of life's demands.

It doesn’t matter if you’re pulling, pushing, lifting, jumping, or throwing: All movement starts from your pillar, the armada of muscles that ripples from your hips to your chest and shoulders. That’s also what makes the High-Cable Split Stability Chop the most effective core exercise there is: It hits all these muscles, fostering rock-solid functional strength to help you meet all of life’s demands.

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How to do it: Stand in an in-line scissor stance with your hips perpendicular to a rope-handled high-cable pulley machine (or simply run a length of rope through the pulley’s eyelet). Your outside leg should be back, and your inside leg should be forward. Grab the top of the rope with your inside hand, and position your other hand 18 to 24 inches farther down the rope. Simultaneously pull down and back with your outside hand, and push down and across your body with your inside hand. That’s one rep. Do 10 on each side.

The 4 Best Abs Workouts for Getting That Summer Six-Pack: <p>I maintain steadiness in my life by focusing on the investments I can influence, not the ones I can’t. That’s why I put a huge emphasis on my health. My tried-and-true routine: Hitting the gym for an hour before work. Not only do these morning abs workouts pay dividends on the mental front by providing a welcomed stress outlet, but also, they’ve made me into the best shape of my life.</p><p>A lot of the credit goes to my personal trainer, John Sitaras. In our weekly sessions, he has taught me to incorporate simple but excruciating abdominal exercises throughout my workouts rather than just tacking them on at the end, which is when you’re most likely to be exhausted or just get lazy. Sitaras’s take: Why would you want to shortchange your core, the most important muscle group in your body? Overlook strengthening it, he says, and your back will absorb the pressure instead, and that’s just asking for trouble, especially as you get older. My hard-earned core strength has made all the difference in the world. In the gym, I lift surprisingly heavy weights for dozens of repetitions. On the weekends, I’m a faster cyclist. Best of all, I have so much energy left at the end of each day that I can still tire out my sons. Here are four of my favorite moves for a firm core. And if need an extra push to get to the gym for these workouts, be sure to check out the <a href="http://bestlifeonline.com/go-to-the-gym-more/">11 ways smart men motivate themselves to go to the gym</a>.</p> The 4 Best Abs Workouts for Getting That Summer Six-Pack

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