We often question ourselves- “What can I do to strengthen my core?” Namely, this is a great question because the term “core” is often used interchangeably with “abs” even though the two are quite different. Hence, your core includes your abs, your glutes (butt), lower back muscles, and your hips. Training your core is very good because it will give you stronger abs. Moreover, it will also improve your posture, alleviate low back pain, help you avoid various injuries, and can improve your athletic performance.
Most people tend to focus on training the core in isolation, doing crunches or back extensions vs functional movements such as push-ups, overhead squats, dead lifts, and other functional closed chain exercises. The problem is that by training this way, they are missing out better strength gain, more effective movement, and even longevity.
Fire Up Your Core in 6 Minutes
Three simple exercises are included in the first workout and it will take less than five minutes to complete one circuit. However, if you’re feeling ready, you can try doing the entire routine a second time through.
Exercise #1: Skyscrapers — 10 per side
Exercise #2: Windshield Wipers — 10 per side
Exercise #3: Army Crawls — 36 steps
This workout includes four challenging moves that can be completed in five minutes or less. You can also try a second round of this core circuit if you want an extra challenge.
Exercise #1: Break dancer — 15 per side
Exercise #2: Skydiver — Hold for 30 seconds
Exercise #3: Dead Bug — 10 reps
Exercise #4: Thread the Needle — 10 per side
It is time for the elite core workout. Specifically, this workout consists of four super-tough core exercises that are performed in a quick, six-minute circuit that can test every inch of your core strength.
Exercise #1: Crab kicks into Superman — 6 per side
Exercise #2: Star leg raise — 10 per side
Exercise #3: Side V-ups — 10 per side
Exercise #4: Over/under — 10 per side