Power is generated from the core, so training this muscle group can benefit performance in a variety of team sports. Need another reason to work trunk muscle training into your routine? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests it’s beneficial for injury prevention. With so many exercises to choose from, a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research can help you narrow down the best options.

Ten men and 10 women were randomly assigned to perform 16 exercises targeting the core muscle group. Muscle activity was measured using a variety of scientific instruments. After analyzing results, researchers determined that abdominal and lumbar muscle activation was greatest with exercises that recruited the deltoids and glutes. That makes mountain climbers an excellent addition to your abs training routine. We’re sure you can think of some other exercises to include.

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