If you want to improve your pickleball game, you probably need to work on your fitness. With that in mind, today we focus on core power…the foundation of all athletic performance.
Few of us will ever aspire to look like the gentleman above. However, if your goal is to reduce your risk of injury and thus play more pickleball, it is important to improve our core strength. Improving your core power will enable you to:
- Remain in a ready position at the non-volley zone line longer;
- Maintain your balance and stabilize your body as you reach for balls outside of your comfort zone; and
- Twist your body without pain or injury.
While I provide a review of the four muscles that are most important to core strength in the video below, you don’t need to memorize their names. What you should understand however is that these muscles work together to securely wrap your trunk. Just think of them as packing tape securely wrapping a delicate package you are sending during the holidays to a loved one far, far away.
Everyone has heard about crunches and may believe that these are the basis of all core power. However, while some crunches are okay I don’t recommend they make up the majority of your core strengthening routine. Instead, below I provide simple exercises that will improve your core power without even getting on the floor.
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