If you have read anything over the past few years about fitness training or athletic performance, then you have heard the term “core training”. However, you probably have heard it with little or no data to back up why you should add it to your training routine. Well, a recent French study demonstrated that a stronger core could help you jump higher. During the study a group of soccer players completed an 8-week core training program after which they were able leap 17 percent higher. Researchers think that stronger abdominals increased the “springiness” in the men’s legs and pelvises. I like to add 5 sets of 1 minute front and side planks to my clients regular workouts.