Great at Home, Gym or While on Vacation, Core Workout!!
Are you one of those people who saves your core exercise until the end of your workout? Do you rush through them or skip them all together because you have run out of time? I’m know I can be guilty of this!
Make the time!
Did you know that when you strengthen the core muscles, that means you’re strengthening your pelvis, hips, and low back, resulting in better balance, stability, and improving your overall fitness.
Here is a routine that will help you build a strong core, tighten and tone your abs, and help prevent injuries, and
the good news is, you don’t need a ton of equipment or a full gym; some of the most challenging exercises are performed by using just your own bodyweight.
This core workout done a couple of times a week may cause you to stand tall, feel more confident and stronger!! 😁
Perform each exercise for 40 seconds, with 20 seconds of rest. Perform on each side for unilateral exercises. Complete three rounds.
Side Plank with Twist
Get into a side plank with your lower arm extended and palm on the floor. Raise your opposite hand to the ceiling, making a T-shape with your body (A). Rotate through your torso and lower your raised hand, bringing it under your arm (B). Repeat for all reps, then switch sides.
Begin in a high plank position. Quickly alternate bringing one knee towards your chest in a running-like motion. Repeat for all reps.
Alternating Single-Leg V-Up
Lie flat on the floor with your arms out to the sides. Simultaneously, raise your torso and one leg, bringing the opposite hand to meet your foot in the center. Lower back down, then repeat with the other hand and leg. Continue alternating for all reps.
Straight Leg Reverse Crunch
Lie flat on the floor with legs together, straight out in front of you (A). Raise your feet to the ceiling, contracting your torso and bringing your hips off the floor (B). Repeat for all reps.
Bear with Alternating Shoulder Touch
Get into an all-fours position with your knees raised an inch or two off the ground (A). Engage your core, lift one hand and tap the opposite shoulder (B). Lower back down, then repeat with the opposite hand. Continue alternating for all reps.
MODIFIED VERSION: DO JUST BEAR AND HOLD
Single-Leg Plank with Side Crunch
Get into a side plank resting on your forearm and extend one arm overhead so your hand is reaching for the side wall, then raise your top foot (A). Bend your top arm and top leg and bring them together in the middle, contracting your oblique (B). Return to the starting position and immediately repeat. Complete all reps on this side, then switch sides.