Core Work for Better Toes to Bar! (& Stronger Abs!)

Written By Charleh Knighton  |  Toes To Bar 

Hey, what's up, it's Ben from WODprep! In today's article, I'm diving into the world of Toes to Bar and how you can enhance your performance by focusing on core strength.

Many athletes tend to concentrate on the kipping technique and leg positioning, overlooking the crucial element of core strength and stamina.

So, let's break down six drills that require minimal equipment to boost your core strength and take your toes to bar game to the next level.

Drill 1: The Hollow Hold

To start off, we're hitting the floor with the Hollow Hold. This classic movement, often used as a scaling option for toes to bar, is an excellent core-strengthening drill.

 Embrace the hollow body position by lifting both your legs and upper back off the ground. It's a straightforward yet effective way to build core stability.

Drill 2: Toe Touches

Moving on, let's spice things up with toe touches. From the hollow position, alternate touching opposite hand to opposite toe.

This dynamic movement not only engages your core but also emphasizes the compression required for toes to bar. It's a great progression to intensify your core training.

Drill 3: The V-Up

Now, let's kick it up a notch with the V-Up. Elevate the challenge by lifting both legs simultaneously while maintaining the hollow body position.

This drill targets your core and serves as a fantastic preparation for the demands of toes to bar.

Core Work for Better Toes to Bar! Stronger Abs!

Drill 4: The Kettlebell Leg Raise

Grab a kettlebell or dumbbell for this one, or utilize a pull-up rig for support. With straight legs, lift your lower body towards the overhead object, focusing on maintaining a tight core.

Resist the temptation to overextend, and remember, quality trumps quantity.

Drill 5: Hanging L-Sit

Back to the pull-up bar, now for a tough one – the Hanging L-Sit. Hold your legs in a straight position, parallel or above, challenging your core endurance.

This drill is a game-changer, pushing your limits and getting you closer to that unbroken toes to bar set.

Drill 6: Strict TTB With Tempo

Lastly, let's incorporate a strict toes to bar with a tempo on the way down. Control is key here; lower your legs as slowly as possible, emphasizing core strength and stability.

This exercise is a testament to your progress in building the foundational strength needed for toes to bar.

So, what's next?

In the world of toes to bar, a strong core is your secret weapon. These six drills, ranging from floor exercises to hanging variations, provide a comprehensive approach to enhancing your core strength.

Remember, a solid core makes everything else in your fitness journey more manageable.

And hey, if you're hungry for more tips and tricks to master toes to bar, check out the Ultimate Guide to Toes to Bar. It's a free resource that'll take your toes to bar game to new heights.

Just head over to, enter your name and email, and let's level up together.

Until next week, peace!

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