Have you ever been told to, “Set your core,” before performing a Snatch? The Olympic Lifts, the Clean and Jerk, and Snatch, require significant core strength and stability, i.e. strong back and abdominal muscles. Core exercises for these movements are so important (yet often overlooked), and any decent lifting program should include a heavy core workout regimen to strengthen and stabilise the torso.When the lifter’s torso is stable and strong, the lifter’s posture will improve, and the path of the bar is more likely to be on track. This also transfers to daily life, a strong core means you are better able to maintain balance and mobility for everyday activities – functional movements. A strong torso is essential throughout both lifts, but particularly in the pulling phase and when the weight is being held overhead. For the lifter, a strong core not only means more weight can be held but the demands of heavy lifting on the low back will be counterbalanced by strong abdominal muscles. Core exercises are the precursor to a successful and injury free lifting program!!Dynamic core exercises such as deadlifts and squats should be performed alongside crunches, plank holds, back hyper extensions twists/trunk rotations etc.