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Standing Push-ups Using Gym Rings for Upper Body Mobility and Core Strength

If doing full body weight dips or push-ups close to the ground aren't possible for your current circumstances but you are still curious about using gym rings to improve your upper body and core strength, you can do modified push-ups on your rings as you are leaning slightly forward. Read more about Standing Push-ups Using Gym Rings for Upper Body Mobility and Core Strength

 

Archer Push-Ups Using Gym Rings to Develop Upper Body and Core Strength

These are called Archer push-ups whereby you lower your upper body beside one arm while straightening your other arm out to the side.

You can begin on your knees, and once you’ve built up strength and confidence with this exercise, you can try it in a full push-up position.

Archer push-ups can also be done with your hands on the floor and without the use of gym rings. Read more about Archer Push-Ups Using Gym Rings to Develop Upper Body and Core Strength

 

Push-Up Progressions Using Gymnastics Rings

Doing push-ups with gymnastics rings is a challenging way to improve upper body strength while simultaneously improve core strength and balance.

Begin in a modified push-up position with your knees on the ground and your hands on gym rings.

At the top of the push-up position, with your arms straight, elbows locked, supinate your forearms, then allow your forearms to return to a natural position and lower yourself down to do a push-up. Read more about Push-Up Progressions Using Gymnastics Rings

 

Negative Body Levers to Develop Core Strength

If you feel comfortable with basic plank poses, side twists, arches, and crunches, to further develop functional core strength, you can add negative body levers to your training routine.

You'll need a comfortable surface to lie back on - a yoga mat or gym mats work well - as well as a strong anchor point that you can secure your hands on behind your head. Read more about Negative Body Levers to Develop Core Strength

 

Doing Shadow Work in Water to Improve Technique and Strength of Movement Patterns

If you take your body through specific movement patterns on a regular basis and can benefit from improving strength and technique of said patterns, you might consider doing some training while partially submerged in water.

The resistance that water provides allows for functional strength-building, and also encourages focus on quality of movement that invariably requires involvement of your core. Read more about Doing Shadow Work in Water to Improve Technique and Strength of Movement Patterns

 

Posterior and Anterior Pelvic Tilt for Improved Core Strength

Learning to hold the pelvis and lower back in posterior and anterior pelvic tilt positions is highly beneficial to improving core strength.

You can hold posterior and anterior pelvic tilt positions while lying prone, while on all fours, and while in plank position. Read more about Posterior and Anterior Pelvic Tilt for Improved Core Strength

 

Seated Pike Pulses for Hip Flexor and Core Strength

Excellent for developing hip flexor strength, seated pike pulses are done while seated, legs together and straight out in front on the ground, toes pointed, hands on either side of of the ground beside your legs for support, and then lifting your feet off the ground and pulsing up and down to whatever degree you can. Read more about Seated Pike Pulses for Hip Flexor and Core Strength

 

Arch and Hollow for Core Strength

Arch and Hollow holds are stapes in the gymnastics world, both highly effective for improving functional core strength and spinal mobility.

For Arch, start prone and lift your legs and arms off the ground at the same time. Squeeze your buttocks and try to keep the front of your thighs off the ground. Strive to keep your scapulae contracted toward one another as you keep your arms and head off the ground. Read more about Arch and Hollow for Core Strength

 

Straight Leg Raises for Core and Hip Flexor Strength

Lying supine with your buttocks resting on the backs of your hands, keep your legs straight and together with toes pointed, and raise them up toward your head, then lower them back toward the ground in a controlled manner but try not to let them touch the ground. Work your way up to ten repetitions per set. Read more about Straight Leg Raises for Core and Hip Flexor Strength

 

Exercises to Improve Spinal Extension and Core Strength

Here, I am using a makeshift back strap anchored to stall bars to work on spinal extension.

If you don't have access to these tools, you can use a gym ball for the initial passive stretch, or even a large ottoman or workout bench.

For the active extension exercises, you can use a back extension machine at a local gym or have a friend anchor your legs to a stable surface while your upper body hinges over it. Read more about Exercises to Improve Spinal Extension and Core Strength

 

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