No one ever said building a bulletproof core or sculpting six-pack abs would be easy. Even so, fitness junkies of all experience levels often make it even harder than it has to be without even realizing it. Since a strong core provides a solid base for virtually every other exercise and movement you do in everyday life, it’s an important aspect of your overall fitness and one of the best things you can do if you want to stay injury-free.

Some of the most common core-training mistakes go far beyond the actual exercises you’re doing. Therefore, a deeper understanding of what’s going on from a nutrition, genetic and anatomical perspective is crucial to see where you’re falling short on your journey to chiseled abs.

Here, we’ll take you through some common core-training blunders and the mechanisms behind building a concrete core.