No need to overthink this. Below are six exercises. You’ve seen them before. You’ve done them before. You’ve wished they worked before. The difference? You’ll be doing them in a sequence that is most conducive to targeting your core muscles.
The added bonus? You’ll only be doing one set of each exercise. How many reps you ask? As many as you can until you can’t do anymore. That’s right. You chose your intensity and your body will decide how far you can go. This allows you to progressively get better based on your own fitness level. You don’t need some guy telling you to reach 12 reps if you can’t get past eight on your first effort. You do your best each time and this plan will get you to your best core strength ever! Now let’s get to the moves.
The plank is a great starter to your core workout. As there aren’t actual reps here, the goal is to hold your body in a straight line like in the photo for as long as you can. According to certified personal trainer Brian Pankau, this is “the best core exercise you can perform because it activates muscles throughout your body.”
2. Bicycle Crunch
Getting into the rhythm of the bicycle crunch is key. Mimic the motion your legs would make on a bike and bring your elbow to your opposite knee as in the photo. Pankau explains these crunches are “great for the obliques and abs, but also help warm-up your trunk and lower body joints for training.”
3. Double Crunch
5. Wood Chopper
According to Pankau this move is “great to end a core workout with since it stretches all muscles involved around the core simultaneously.”