Core Focus 2

Five Core-strengthening Exercises Every Guy Should Be Doing

Often men lean towards heavy lifting, but without core strength, that’s asking for an injury. Stop trying to max out at the gym. Instead, take 30 minutes a few times a week to focus on your core. 

“These exercises target core stabilization and that’s often the area we neglect. They engage our kinetic chain,” says Dunstan Kendrick, owner of D-Block in Knoxville. “Everything works to stabilize and mobilize.”

Dunstan is a graduate of Sequoyah High school, a four-year football letterman at Western Carolina University, and former graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tennessee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and fitness management and runs D-Block, where he and his wife, Andrea, specialize in personal training and athletic performance. 

Exercises (see descriptions on next page):  

Plank Reach Outs – 3 sets of 12

Plank Leg Raise – 3 sets of 12

Extended Side Plank – 3 sets of 12

Single Leg Reverse Lunge – 3 sets of 12

Single Leg Reverse Raise – 3 sets of 12