Build a stronger core

Stick to this workout and you’ll be able to fend off defenders and change direction at speed
You might want to build a six-pack even Ronaldo would envy by knocking out a 1000 crunches in the gym, but that wouldn’t be much help out on the football pitch.

What you need is a core stablisation workout that makes you harder to knock off the ball and agile enough to burst away from defenders.

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Where can you find such a workout? Right here. We joined sports scientist Craig Turner and the Nike Academy in the gym to capture a core session on tape.

You can find out more about how you can get involved with the Nike Academy, and watch the players’ progress this season, by visiting facebook and

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