When most people think “abs,” they think the muffin top that blooms over the top of too-tight pants. But abdominals, a set collectively known as the core, includes the many interconnected muscles that run up the back and stretch down to the butt and the front and inner thighs, says Michele Olson, PhD, professor of physical education and exercise science at Auburn University–Montgomery, Alabama.
Here are 5 moves, from simple to killer, that will keep your daily core workouts interesting!
Do each of the following moves for 30 seconds, resting 15 seconds in between each one. Repeat the circuit once.
A) Begin in high plank position, keeping your core engaged,
B) Bring your right foot outside of your left wrist and tap
A) Return to start.
B) Repeat on opposite side and complete one rep.
Plank to Pushup
A) Start in forearm plank position.
B) Press your body up drive into the top position of a pushup (your arms are extending your one at a time). Pause a while.
A) Reverse the movement and return to your elbows. That completes one rep.
A) Laying face up on the floor with your arms at your sides, raise your legs off the floor so they form a right angle with the rest of your body.
B) Bracing your abs, extend your legs away from your chest, moving them as close to the floor as possible without touching the floor and increasing the arch in your back.
A) Tuck knees back toward chest, and extend back to start, completing one rep.
A) Laying face up on the floor, with the arms out to the sides, raise your legs off the floor until they form a right angle with the rest of your body.
B) Lowering the legs, slowly to one side, go as low as you can control.
A) Raise the legs back up through center
B) Down to another side in one fluid motion. That completes one rep.
A) Sitting with your knees bent, feet on the floor and hands near glutes for stability, lean back so your torso at a 45-degree angle. Lifting your lower legs until they’re parallel to the floor, and keep your left knee bent.
B) Engaging your core, extend your left leg forward, then bring it back, then repeat with the right leg. That completes one rep.