Fitness

Core Workout

February 20, 2018

A strong core means more than just have abs. Your core includes all the muscles in the front, back, and sides. When you work on strengthen your core, you improve your balance, protect your body from back pain, and develop better posture. Here are some of my favorite moves to strengthen and tighten your core.

Standing crunch Frisbee

To do this move: Start with your legs out, toes pointed out, with your arms at your hips. Squat down and keep your knees tracking over your toes. Lift your right arm straight out and tip to the ride side as you lower your arm behind your leg. Then bring your arm across your body like you are throwing a Frisbee.

Continue for 60 seconds, then switch sides. 

Knee to elbow kickbacks

To do this move: Begin in a forearm plank. Bring your right leg in to your right elbow, then push high up to the sky, keeping your abs engaged and booty tucked.

Continue for 60 seconds, then switch sides. 

Lying side crunch

To do this move: Lie on your side with your knees pulled up to a 90° angle. Bring your torso to the front and lift your shoulders off the mat. (You will be crunching straight up to the sky with your knees bent at your side).

Continue for 60 seconds, then switch sides. 

Side plank dips

To do this move: Begin in a side forearm plank with your arm under your shoulder. Lift the opposite arm to the sky and lift and lower your hips.

You can also do this move from a high side plank if you want the extra challenge.

Continue for 60 seconds, then switch sides. 

Pulse ups

To do this move: Lie on your back with your legs straight up in the air. Support your lower back by placing your hands in a diamond under your booty. Lift up with your lower abs and poke your legs straight up.

Continue for 60 seconds.

 

Repeat entire circuit 2-3 times, and for an extra burn, add in these abs moves!

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Check out more of my easy stretches, abs, arms and booty moves here.

  • Ezmey February 20, 2018 at 10:16 am

    This came out right on time for my summer body prep, thank you for the obviously much effort you put into this. and btw, you are so beautiful!

  • chelf February 20, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Killer work out! Having a srtong healthy core is so important ! Most people don’t realize that! Thanks for the fitspo!

  • Whitney Roberts Kutch February 20, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    These are great and so easy to do anywhere!! Especially when traveling and you may not have the gym avail!!

  • Allison - Celebrating Sweets February 21, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    I’m bookmarking this! Now if I could just get myself to actually do it a couple times a week. Ha!

  • Katie February 22, 2018 at 8:58 am

    This looks awesome! I love a good core workout!

  • Beth February 22, 2018 at 11:13 am

    I always love your workout posts, the way you show poses are so easy to follow. I love working my core and should be doing it more often!

  • Akaleistar February 22, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Pinning this for later 🙂

  • White Coat Trainer February 23, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Nice post. I’ve never seen the frisbee move before. It’s pretty creative.

  • Jennifer February 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    My core is the worst part! I need to try these. Thanks for the inspo!

  • Anita February 24, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Wow congrats for videos and photos , very well done

  • Roselle Toledo February 24, 2018 at 4:06 am

    I’m trying to get back in shape and just tried the pulse up. I was surprised to sweat it out with just trying to finish 10!

  • Kelly Edgar February 24, 2018 at 8:12 am

    The videos with a written description are really helpful, thank you! Will start to include some of these into my workout routine 😀

  • Basundhara Ghosh February 24, 2018 at 11:08 am

    I find it so difficult to stay motivated for working out. Can you suggest some ways for getting into the habit?

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health February 26, 2018 at 7:34 am

    i could definitely incorporate more core into my life.

  • Erica @ Coming up Roses March 2, 2018 at 8:05 am

    This looks like a great workout! PS – lovelovelove of your leggings! I’m all about mesh cutouts!