CORE STRENGTH: The “Anatomy” of Investigating Abdominal ExercisesOlson, Michele Ph.D., FACSM, C.S.C.S.ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: July/August 2013 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - p 8–15 doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e318296bfa3 Features Abstract In Brief Author Information Pilates, yoga, and standing exercises have become increasingly popular in fitness, training, and conditioning. However, do these top-trending abdominal techniques provide an appropriate challenge to the abdominal muscles? See how exercise scientists, using electromyography, determine the answer to this important question Disclosure: The author declares no conflicts of interest and does not have any financial disclosures. Michele Olson, Ph.D., FACSM, C.S.C.S., is a professor of Physical Education and Exercise Science, a fellow of ACSM, and the director of the Scharff-Olson Kinesiology Laboratory at Auburn University Montgomery in Montgomery, AL. Her research interests and publications include testing and validating popular exercise activities in terms of their energy cost and muscular activation. Disclosure: Author declares no conflicts of interest. © 2013 American College of Sports Medicine.