You might have an “abs” day in your weekly routine, or end every workout with some abs finishers. But are you training your entire core?

Your core includes all the muscles that stabilize your spine, pelvis, and shoulder girdle. They run the entire length of your trunk and torso, including your glutes, hips, obliques, and rectus abdominis.

So you need to follow a thorough strengthening program to be certain you're zeroing in on your core from all angles. Many old school, basic exercises like pushups and squats are actually considered core exercises. And it’s commonly known that elite powerlifters who squat and bench press huge loads have the strongest cores around.

But if you truly want to color your core training with some less conventional but highly effective moves, you can try any of these five. 

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