6 Core Exercises That Are Anything But Basic

Essential Strength Exercises

Because by altering your key, a good deal is taken over simply your standard sit-up, we bring you six unique Core Exercises that goal and participate muscle tissue from all angles for – outcomes. Benefit: They Truly Are also than performing crunches ad nausea far more fun. Traci Copeland, Nike Master Trainer, breaks down the not-so-basic moves that will ensure your entire core not only looks amazing (yes, even those pesky lower abs!) but is damn strong, too.

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Core Moves

Tuck/Pike/Straddle

Start lying on your back with both knees bent. Bring your knees into your chest as you reach towards your feet. Next, reach for your toes as you come into a pike position, then reach forward as you come into a straddle. Be sure to squeeze your lower abdominal muscles as you come up through your straddle. Repeat for 12 reps.

Towel Knee-Up

Start lying on your back with your legs extended all the way out and your arms extended straight over your head. Holding a towel tight over your head creating tension in your shoulders, bring your knees into your chest as you lift your shoulders off the ground. Be sure to squeeze your lower abdominal muscles at the top. Repeat for 12 reps.

Slow Mountain Climbers

Start in plank position with your core engaged. Slowly draw your knee towards your chest, then draw the opposite leg. Perform 12 reps on each side.

V-Up

Return to lying position. With arms alongside your ears and toes pointed, try to touch your toes as you come into a V position. Perform 12 reps.

Scissor Kick

Take your hands behind your head, extend both legs on the ground in front of you. Keeping your lower back pressed into the ground, bring one leg up as you reach the opposite hand to the outside of your foot (or ankle or calf if you can’t reach) Repeat with opposite arm and leg for 12 reps.

Side Tuck-Up

With fingers facing your heels, turn knees to the side and bring knees into chest as you remain leaning back. Perform 20 reps, then rotate and perform 20 reps on the opposite side. 

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