6 Exercises to Build a Stronger Core

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Dreaming of having washboard abs but can’t figure out how? No amount of crunches could unveil the toned abdominal muscles underneath. To keep achieve definition, you have to strengthen your core. And you can’t do that when you don’t engage all the surrounding muscles in the midsection. So break out of your monotonous abdominal workout and expand your repertoire. In today’s post, we are giving you 6 abdominal exercises that will tone, define and strengthen the belly:

1. Climbing Rope

Sit up straight, extending the legs. The feet should be in a V position, with toes pointed. Now, pull your core muscles then roll the spin into a C-curve. Then, lift the arms and move them as if you’re climbing a rope. That’s one rep, now do 20 reaches using each arm.

2. Oblique Reach

This workout will engage the sides of the belly. This is a great exercise to shrink the waistline! To start, sit up straighten with the knees bent. The feet should be planted firmly on the floor. Then, straight the right leg while rolling the spine into a C-curve. Next, put your left hand behind your head then extend the right arm.

Twist your body to the left to engage the obliques then roll back. Hold the position for a few seconds then bring yourself up. That’s one rep. Do five reps on each side of the midsection.

3. Knee Fold Tuck

To perform the knee fold tuck, sit up straight on your workout mat. Keep the knees bent and get a small exercise ball. Put the ball between the knees and lift the knees up. Make sure the shins are parallel to the floor. Extend the arms then pull the knees toward the shoulders but keep the spine pin straight. Now, bring the knees back to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do at least 15 reps.

4. Circle Plank

One of the best workouts to strengthen the core is the plank. To perform the circle plank, drop on all fours in a classic plank position. Keep the palms planted firmly on the floor. Pull your abdominal muscles then bring the right knee in. Circle it clockwise then counterclockwise. The rest of the body should remain stationary as you work the knees. Do at least five on one leg then switch to the other leg.

5. Sliding Pike

Again, perform the traditional planking position, but use something to elevate the feet. A towel will do. You can also perform this near the last step of a stair. Prop the feet on the last step to elevate. Then with your legs straight, slowly raise the hips up, draw the legs towards the hands into a pike position. Hold the position for at least 10 seconds then go back to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do at least 10 reps.

6. Side Balance Crunch

Start by performing a side plank position. The left knee and right hand should be planted firmly on the floor with the right arms extended upwards. Now, extend the legs to form a straight line. Pull your right knee towards the torso, keeping the elbow towards the knee. Slowly straighten the arms and leg. That’s one rep, do ten on each side.

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