Best CORE Exercises for MMA Fighters and Grapplers {11 Videos}

By Corey Beasley

We hear a lot about "CORE" training these days, but what the heck does that mean?

Our CORE basically ties together our hips and shoulders. It stabilizes the spine, resists movement, assists movement and transfers energy between all four limbs. Glutes, obliques, lats, transverse abdominus, rectus abdominus, spinal erectors and more.  Its important to isolate these muscles and also integrate them into compound movements. Used correctly, these exercises can help reduce common aches and pains, get stronger, hit harder, and dominate the competition from every position.

Bottom line: A strong CORE can help you hit harder, control your opponent and move with more efficiency.

Advanced CORE Exercises for MMA from Josh Henkin

Anti- Rotation Exercise from Nick Tumminello

Coach Eric Wong's Med Ball Series for the CORE

Coach Elliot Hulse showcases 4 great rotational CORE Exercises

Coach Funk walks us through a variety of CORE Exercises

Joe Hashey's crazy power wheel variations

Core exercise series from Adrian Ramirez

Brutal Landmine Series from Ben Bruno

Chain Sidewinder Exercise from John Brookfield 

Resisted Crawls using the Ankorr Harness

Steel Club Exercises from Marcus Martinez