Who doesn’t want a tight and toned core, and perhaps abs that pop? In addition to looking great, a strong core really cuts down on back soreness and aches and pains, so core training isn’t just vanity, it’s healthy!
Here are 10 of our favorite core-strengthening exercises to get you baring your belly and standing straighter than ever.
Move Targets: Lower lumbar muscles and abdominals
Step 1: Start by lying face down and extending your arms out in front of you.
Step 2: Press your shoulder blades together and lift your arms, chest, and legs off the floor.
Step 3: Hold position for 60 seconds, keeping your head up and your arms extended out in front of you.
Modification (Beginner): Lift just your legs and chest for 30 seconds and then lift just your arms for 30 seconds.
2. BICYCLE CRUNCHES
Not only does this move target your abs, but it also gets your hip flexors and glutes! Remember to engage your core instead of pulling with your neck or back. Click here to learn how to do bicycle crunches.
Move Targets: Abdominals, hip flexors and gluteus
Step 1: Lie on back with knees and hips at a 90-degree angle. Place hands behind your head. Exhale as you lift head and shoulders off the floor. Twist torso to the right, bringing left shoulder in to touch your right knee. Keep left leg straight and lifted off the floor.
Step 2: Inhale as you slowly lower. Repeat, twisting torso to the left. Continue alternating sides for 60 seconds.
Modification (Beginner): Feet can return to the floor after each rep.