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6 Core Exercises to Strengthen the Squat for Female Athletes

Core strengthening exercises are essential in any training program, particularly if you’re a female athlete new to training, or returning from pregnancy or injury.

In the previous article in this series, we focused on the importance of core strength for the push up and how critical core strength is for posture and framing in a sport setting. We’re going to continue the series with six progressive core strength exercises to perform a barbell squat with excellent form.

2 Ways a Weak Core Sabotages Your Squat

The barbell squat is a fantastic exercise that combines strength, mobility, balance, and explosive power. Squatting regularly with good form has excellent carryover into your sporting performance. However, if your legs are strong but your core is weak, you will not be able to execute a heavy squat safely and effectively.

There’s two ways a weak core can negatively affect your squat..

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