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I know it may sound a little weird to work your abs before you do the rest of your workout, but hear me out. I'm not saying you should never do abs during or after a workout, I actually recommend it! But, before you get started with your sprint intervals, strength training, or whatever it is you love to do, you've got to warm up your muscles.

Before starting your workout, activate your core. Why? Because your abs play an important role in how your body moves. Your abdominal muscles aren't just for looks. They support and stabilize your spine, are used every time you breathe, help with bowel movements, and allow you to perform functions like walking, picking objects up, and twisting.

The muscles that make up your core are the internal and external obliques, rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, erector spinae, and the multifidus. If you don't get those muscles ready for the load you place on your body, chances are you'll increase your risk of getting injured. For example, if you don't activate your core and glutes before you perform squats, your spine will more than likely take on the load, which may lead to a