5 EXERCISES FOR A CORE THAT'S STRONG & TONED
let's be real.. we're always on the hunt for a killer core, a cute tummy, little waist, washboard abs...the list goes on. but honestly, as great as it can be to have a six pack that looks good in a crop top, it's even better when that six pack is strong enough to support you in life and in fitness; to help your posture, keep your back healthy, and support you through your activities of choice.
here are some fun ab combos that not only sculpt (and burn to be honest), but target your deep core muscles so your midsection can be strong and sexy:
hollow body with alternating knee tucks:
start laying on your back.
activate your deep core muscles by sucking your belly button to your spine and gluing your lower back to the ground.
from here reach your legs and arms away from you. ONLY LOWER YOUR LEGS AS FAR AS YOU CAN WHILE KEEPING YOUR LOWER BACK GROUNDED!
while in this position drive one knee up and hug it towards your chest; return to a fully extended position and then switch sides.
alternate until you complete 20 reps total (10 reps on each side).
reverse crunch to roll up:
start laying on your back with your knees bent.
lift your head and shoulders off the ground and extend your legs towards the sky.
complete a reverse crunch then lower your legs slow and controlled towards the ground.
once they've reached the ground, using the least amount of momentum as possible roll yourself up to touch your toes and then slowly roll back to a laying position.
complete 6-10 controlled reps.
curl up to v-up:
while laying on your back curl up into a tight ball using your core; KEEP YOUR NECK RELAXED!
from here stretch out and length, almost mimicking the hollow body position while keeping your lower back glued to the ground.
complete a v-up, return to the extended position and then curl up again.
complete 8-10 reps.
side plank with twist and hip dip:
from a side plank keeping your core active and hips as stable and stacked as possible, take your top arm and thread it under your torso.
return to a side plank position then drop your hips to tap the floor and use the strength of your obliques to lift you back to the side plank.
complete 10-15 reps on each side.
supermans with starfishes:
start laying on your stomach with your arms extended above your head.
activate your core by sucking your belly button to your spine and using the strength of your glutes and upper back lift your arms and legs off the ground and pause.
from the superman position, extend your arms and legs away from you, hold for a count.
return to center and release.
complete 10-12 reps.
you can do these as individual sets or in circuit form with minimal rest, performing up to 4 rounds each.
I hope these help you on your journey to a toned and strong core!
thanks for reading and feel free to hit me up if you have any questions. <3