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3 Drills to Greatly Improve Your Core Strength from Dr. Reef

Dr. Sharif Tabbah, aka “Dr. Reef,” is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and co-founder of Athletix Rehab & Recovery in South Florida.  Dr. Reef began his career in the fitness industry back in 2003 when he became a personal trainer at New York Sports Club. His time there sparked a passion for fitness and led him to a career in physical therapy. 

His unique approach to fitness has led to him working with hundreds of professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and many more. Dr. Reef places emphasis on balance and dynamic core stability, which helps with rehab and injury prevention. Below you can find five of his favorite drills that work on strengthening your core and improving your balance.

DUAL CRUNCH KICKS: Make sure each kick is deliberate so that you don’t shift the ball. Hands should be shoulder-width apart and back should be straight.

OVERHEAD SLAM: Bring the medicine above your head each time. Do not slam the medicine ball into the ground. Keep your back as straight as possible throughout the entire exercise.

BALANCED CRUNCH KICKS: This should be a controlled movement. Make sure not to wildly kick your leg out. Hold your leg in the starting position briefly following each extension.

BALANCED PLANKING: Your feet should be shoulder-width apart. Focus on not letting your hips drop or shift.

WEIGHT SHIFT WHILE PLANKING: Keep your feet shoulder-width apart while balancing on the ball. Your back and core should be as flat as possible. Make sure you use a weight you are comfortable with.

For more workouts check out @Doctor_Reef and @Athletixrehab on Instagram where he is always posting new and challenging unique workouts. You can also find some of Dr. Reef’s favorite gear that will keep you comfortable and get the most out of your workout when you shop his Eastbay gift guide.

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