It’s called your “core” because it is the core of your balance, stability, and the key to so many exercises and basic movements. There are an endless number of exercises and moves to engage your midsection/abs/core. Most are effective, some are not. Which exercise(s) you want to do is really a matter of preference. A method I find effective is a circuit of 2-4 different exercises. Another trick I like and use for my clients, is to do all ab work as a pre-warm up, before the main workout.

Ideally, your circuit will target upper and lower abs as well as the obliques, and strengthen core stability. A sample circuit would look something like this:

  1. Hanging leg raises
  2. Body weight twists
  3. Reverse Crunches
  4. Planks

Each exercise done to failure before moving on to the next. Repeat the entire circuit, totaling about 10 minutes.

Here are different exercises you can choose from to create your own circuits:

  • Flat leg raises
  • Hanging leg raises
  • Incline/decline leg raises
  • Reverse crunches
  • Incline/decline reverse crunches
  • Sit ups
  • Weighted sit ups (holding a plate or a bar)
  • Planks
  • Knee plank
  • Side plank
  • Sumo Squat
  • Body weight twists
  • Weighted twists
  • Elbow-to-knee
  • Bicycle kicks

Author: NFShealth

Certified personal trainer, grad student in nutrition. Obsessed about all things regarding nutrition and health.

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