Keeping your core tight and your stomach looking flat and sexy takes time and commitment. Once you reach the point you want to be at, you need to maintain it with consistent exercise. There’s no need to be at the gym all the time, however. Plenty of moves can be done virtually anywhere you find yourself.
Here are 7 great exercises to keep your core in shape:
#1. Different planks
- 3-Point planks: plank pose, lift one foot and hold, alternate legs after five to seconds.
- Side planks: support weight with hand or forearm, hold straight body position.
- Kettlebell planks: use kettlebell to support weight in plank pose.
- Regular plank: support body with hands or forearms in classic pose.
#2. Backwards crunch
Flat on back, knees bent towards body with legs up.
Slowly lower legs into standard crunch starting position.
#3. Body holds
Flat on back, arms straight against sides.
Raise legs, head, upper back off ground.
Contract and squeeze core, holding position.
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#4. Play the dead insect
Back flat on ground.
Alternate legs in bicycle pedaling motion, while alternating straight arms up and down.
#5. TRX rollouts
Grab TRX bands and slowly pull forward as if falling towards ground, keeping core firm.
Acts like wheel rollouts.
#6. Suspended leg raise
Hang from bar with two hands.
Controlling legs steadily, raise them together to be parallel to floor.
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#7 Body saw
Get into plank position, forearms down for support.
Ankles in TRX band, toes facing ground.
Push upwards and rock backwards and forwards.
You can always throw some chin-ups into the mix as well, if you’re able to perform them with proper form. Keep these exercises in rotation with proper diet that will help you maintain a lower body fat percentage, and you’ll be able to keep your core lean and strong.
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