Originally Posted by ricefarmer
what is core strenght exactly? where is it?
which excersizes gives u the core strenght, and does core strength exclude bench presses...
my understanding is... clean and presses, squats, and lots of compound movements....
can anyone help?
If you're any kind of fighter, you need to make it a priority to work on your core strength. As others have said, it makes a grappler and a wrestler, but as a boxer I'll tell you that it also puts pounds of pressure on the end of your punches.
It also helps with your balance.
Squats are the most basic exercise I know that helps with core strength, but if you want really unorthodox methods, go into the woods with an axe and start chopping. Lumber-jacks have the strongest mid-sections in the world for this reason.
Gymnastics also helps, maybe take a few classes.
For anything else, do exactly what Fedor Emelianenko does in this video
. He has the strongest core in the world of MMA because of his workout regimen based on the USSR athlete machine.