6 Core Exercises That Don't Involve A Sit-up
Posted on 20 October 2016
The Holidays are well on their way, and in preparation of that we put together a little ab blaster that won't rub your tailbone the wrong way! Hold each move for 30 seconds for 3-4 sets. Enjoy!
Plank- Planks strengthen your entire body—they not only work your core, they strengthen your lower back, and build your shoulders.
(The longer you can hold the plank, the less likely you will suffer a lower back injury, and the better your abs will look ;) )
Mountain climber- Mountain climbers are another full body workout. They benefit muscular and cardiovascular fitness as well as improve flexibility, blood circulation and overall strength.
(Mountain climbers challenge your balance, agility, and coordination.)
Russian twist- This ab exercise mainly targets your obliques, but your back muscles will also be engaged to strengthen and support your spine.
(Once comfortable, grab a dumbbell or medicine ball to make it more of a challenge.)
Leg lift-Leg lifts target the core and leg muscles. Doing leg lifts regularly can improve core flexibility, which is important in hip and core rotation.
Flutter kick-Abdominal flutter kicks predominantly works your abdominal muscles, working the lower abs in particular. BONUS! They also workout your hip flexors!
(Performing the abdominal flutter kicks near the end of a workout will also improve your endurance levels.)
Side plank-Builds strength and endurance in the core. Which will help keep your lower back protected and stable during activities that require movement in the hips or back.