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    Hi guys, just wondering if anyone has some advice on getting stronger core muscles as I feel it is what currently limits my squatting capabilities. I often find myself leaning forward on heavier sets and feel like my core is more likely to cave in than my legs at times!

    My abs are currently visible, what I am seeking is more strength rather than the elusive six pack, however my current core work is very much an afterthought before I leave the gym. I will typically perform 3-4 supersets of cable crunches and side raises for my obliques. I normally do sets of 10-12 for core work, should I be working in a lower range as I would on any other body part when seeking strength?

    Thanks for any advice!
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    (Original post by Ghandia)
    Hi guys, just wondering if anyone has some advice on getting stronger core muscles as I feel it is what currently limits my squatting capabilities. I often find myself leaning forward on heavier sets and feel like my core is more likely to cave in than my legs at times!

    My abs are currently visible, what I am seeking is more strength rather than the elusive six pack, however my current core work is very much an afterthought before I leave the gym. I will typically perform 3-4 supersets of cable crunches and side raises for my obliques. I normally do sets of 10-12 for core work, should I be working in a lower range as I would on any other body part when seeking strength?

    Thanks for any advice!
    You got it! So work on doing much harder core exercises for low reps/shorter time.

    That and/or work on something specific to your problem- i.e. you are finding your abs struggling to hold your torso upright whilst squatting...so train in a way specific to your goal- i.e. do heavy front squat upright holds (i.e just unrack a really heavy bar in a front squat position and keep upright- without actually squatting- for time). This allows you to use much more weight to train the core, since you don't actually have to squat the weight, which should make your abs much better at handling the lower weight you'll actually squat with!
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    What he ^ said. But also, it's pretty normal for core to be a limiting factor- it's a lot of why you can leg press loads more than you can squat.

    And are you totally sure there's not technique issues there that are making you go too far forward as well? If in doubt wall squats
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