Core Strength for Judo

What is core strength?


The words core strength are thrown around a lot in commercial gyms, in the dojo and on television. Your core is made of up many different muscle groups including your abdominals, obliques, lower back, hips and pelvic floor muscles.

The reason why your core is so important is because it not only transfers power from your lower body into the upper body, but it also protects the lower back from injury. Therefore, core strength is crucial for all Judo players. Your core is used when you rotate your upper body and trunk when attacking with various throws and takedowns.

Imagine throwing your opponent with no core muscles to support you at all. You would practically fall over. Therefore it is important that you train your core so that you can be an effective, powerful and throwing Judoka.

Strength Training for Judo is chalk full of a variety of different core exercises. I am a big believer in doing a lot of core work that involves working the muscles of your upper body at the same time as the core region. I am also a big believer in rotational strength. Therefore many of these exercises can be included into your regular gym programs, and this way you will not have to do any core specific isolation exercises.

The Javelin Press

The Javelin Press is a great example of upper body AND Core strength at the same time. Simply hold a 20kb barbell as if you were going to throw it like a javelin. Instead of throwing the barbell begin pressing it above your head as if you were doing a single arm shoulder press. You will find that very single aspect of your core and upper body is being used in order to lift and balance the barbell. This is an awesome core targeting exercise that builds your shoulders as well. Why not add Javelin Presses to your weekly strength program? This way you will be working your core and shoulders simultaneously.

L-sits and Dishes

I am also a firm believer in isometric contractions, which is holding a muscle contracted for a period of time. One example of this is many times when you are escaping side control you will in fact hold your abdominals tense for a number of seconds. Therefore exercises such as L-sits and dishes are great for isometric contractions.

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