Forge An Iron Core
Washboard abs turn heads, but for many guys the dividends stop there.
"That's because they train their abs in isolation instead of thinking about how they're meant to be used – as stabilisers," says Budd Coates, fitness director at Men's Health's parent company, Rodale. So Coates developed the CoreSlider, a pair of hand paddles that glide easily across any surface, forcing every muscle in your torso to work in synchrony to stabilise your body. The result: a killer six-pack that also provides real-world power. The CoreSlider creates “an excellent shoulder workout, too,” says Coates, a 2:13 marathoner who regularly does the following routine to build a stronger, more balanced body.
CoreSliders come bundled in the Men’s Health Get Back In Shape Kit, R599 (shop.mh.co.za ) or available at Sportsman’s Warehouse stores, nationwide.
Unless otherwise specified, start each exercise by assuming a modified push-up position – arms straight below your shoulders with a CoreSlider in each hand, knees and toes on the floor. Perform the exercises as a circuit, moving from one to the next without rest. Once you've completed all four, rest for one minute. Repeat for a total of two or three circuits.