bodyweight exercises, bodyweight workouts
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People are always surprised when there abs get sore from these workouts or that they are sore in muscles they did not know they had.
Yes these workouts all require good core stabilization and will engage your abs in a big way naturally without excessive flexion.
These three simple exercises work just about every major muscle group you have and they are natural “functional” movements that use the body as a single unit.
Functional compound movements executed at high intensity produce something called a neuro endocrine response this is similar to what happens when you use steroids but is 100% natural and safe.
The abs engagement you describe was the biggest surprise for me.
I switched from “what ? no situps!?” to “Ah okay” real quick….