It’s Friday and I”m stuck in the office all day wrapping up unfinished business with no time for the gym. However, with a creative mind and some well thought out Ab routines, I’ll put on some music and sweat to the tunes while engaging that core.
Crunches are on the way out (too back rounding and too inefficient), so that means you’ll need new ways to strengthen—and sculpt—your core. Strengthening your #core will enable you to work harder in your exercise classes and move more safely throughout your day. Here are five of my fav functional core strengtheners that are much smarter than crunches. Aim for ten reps of each and you’ll be on your way to a #strongcore. But let’s not forget diet or I like to say lifestyle either. Just remember all that hard work you do sweating to the tunes in your practice is what goes into your beautiful body, and you don’t want to allow dietary factors to set you back my BFF. Diet/lifestyle is a big factor the results you get when working on your midsection. So pay attention to the fuel you put into your engine. Here are five exercises to set you in motion to a strong core.
Start in plank position with your feet on sliding discs. (At home, you can use anything that slides—a dish towel, slipper socks, etc.) Use your core to slowly slide your feet in towards your hands—think about pulling your glutes up to the ceiling. Then with #coreengaged, slide back out.
Plank with Open-and-Closed Legs
Start in plank, and slide your feet out wide and back in while keeping your back flat and your abs activated. Your legs are the only moving parts.
Sliding Forearm Plank
Place the sliding discs under your forearms and start in a forearm plank with your back flat. Slide each forearm out and back, one at a time. Make sure to keep that core engaged.
Stand holding a #kettlebell (or a water jug) over your head, and with your feet hip width apart. Tighten your core and slowly lower onto one knee and then the other, and then return to starting position.
Resistance Band Raise
Attach a #resistanceband to a door or another secure anchor. Stand with your feet wider than your hips with the bands in your hands and extend your arms straight out in front of you, activating your abs all the while. Next, bend your elbows and move your fists in towards your chest. Then, raise your fists up over your head. Lower your arms back to the starting position and extended in front of you, and start again.
If time allows, repeat this workout three times with no rest in between. You want to maintain an elevated heart rate for a maximum caloric burn which trims and strengthens that great core!
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