A strong core is essential for overall stability, balance, and functionality in everyday activities and sports. Here are some core strengthening exercises, tools, and tips to help you achieve a functional and strong core:
The classic plank exercise engages the entire core, including the rectus abdominis, obliques, and transverse abdominis.
Start in a push-up position but with your weight on your forearms.
Keep your body in a straight line from head to heels.
Hold this position for as long as you can, aiming to increase the duration over time.
This exercise targets the obliques.
Sit on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat.
Lean back slightly and lift your feet off the ground.
Hold a weight or medicine ball and twist your torso to the left, then to the right.
Leg raises target the lower abdominal muscles.
Lie flat on your back with your legs straight.
Lift your legs off the ground, keeping them straight.
Lower them back down without letting them touch the floor.
This exercise improves core stability.
Lie on your back with your arms extended toward the ceiling and your knees bent at a 90-degree angle.
Lower your right arm and left leg toward the floor, then return to the starting position.
Repeat on the opposite side.
Engage both the upper and lower abs.
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head.
Lift your shoulder blades off the ground and bring your right elbow toward your left knee while extending your right leg.
Alternate sides in a pedalling
Incorporating a stability ball into your core workouts adds an element of balance, intensifying the exercises.
These can be used to add resistance to core exercises, such as standing side leg lifts or seated twists.
Use a medicine ball for exercises like Russian twists or overhead ball slams.
TRX Suspension Trainer
RX straps can be anchored to a stable surface and used for various core-strengthening exercises, such as suspended planks and knee tucks.
An ab roller wheel is an effective tool for targeting the core muscles, especially the rectus abdominis.
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