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 8 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.
Start in high plank position. Keeping your core engaged, bring your right foot to tap the outside of your left wrist. Return to start. Repeat on opposite side. That’s one rep
PLANK TO PUSHUP
Start in forearm plank position. Press your body up into the top position of a pushup by extending your arms one at a time. Pause, then reverse the movement and return to your elbows. That’s one rep.
Lie face up on floor with your arms at your sides. Lift your legs off the ground so they form a right angle with the rest of your body. Brace your abs and extend your legs away from your chest, moving them as close to the floor as possible without increasing the arch in your back. Tuck knees back toward chest, and extend back to start. That’s one rep.
Lie face up on floor, arms out to the sides. Lift your legs off the ground so they form a right angle with the rest of your body. Slowly lower the legs to one side, going as low as you can control. Raise the legs back up through center and down to the other side in one fluid motion. That’s one rep.
Sit with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Keeping hands near glutes for stability, lean back so your torso is at a 45-degree angle. Lift your lower legs until they’re parallel to the floor, keeping your knees bent. Engage your core, extend your right leg forward, then bring it back. Repeat with the left leg. That’s one rep.