When referring to the best workouts for your core, you shouldn’t be surprised to find that crunches are not included in the list, just like the use of fancy workout equipment don’t really give you the strong core you are looking for. So, if crunches are not really ideal for strengthening the core, what can you do?
Your core is not limited to your midsection, but rather it includes the muscles that surround it. Strengthening the core can provide you with benefits such as better balance, and more efficient movements. However, if the reason why you are doing core workouts because you want to get a toned midsection, or you want to loose your pooch, no matter how many planks, crunches, and whatnot that you do, you won’t be able to achieve what you are aiming for since there is no such thing as spot or targeted reduction. That being said, it is much better to incorporate these exercises as part of your training, in order to achieve your desired results, since they target the entire core muscles.
In this workout, you should start in a high plank, with your back straight and your feet at hip width apart. Bend the elbow on your right arm until your forearm is flat on the floor then do the same with the other one to go into a forearm version of the plank. Now, push yourself back up to your original position then repeat.
For this exercise, you should go into a tabletop position where your elbows are positioned below the shoulders with your knees in line with your hips. Straighten your back and let those toes point backwards. As you tighten your core, lift your right arm up while extending your left leg behind you. Stay in this pose for 5 seconds before going back to your first position. Repeat with the left arm and right leg and hold for another 5 seconds. Continue alternating until you complete 10 reps.
Plank with T rotation
Taking plank workout to another level by adding T rotation, this move will help strengthen your arms, legs, and core. While you are in high plank, rotate your body to the right with your left arm reaching towards the ceiling to go into a side plank. Keep those hips up too. Go back to your first position then do on the opposite side. Continue alternating until you finish 10 reps. Pay attention to your form as you execute this workout.
Sit yourself down in front of your sofa or chair with your knees flexed, legs at shoulder-width in distance from one another, and your feet pressing down on the floor. Your upper back should be touching the edge of the sofa or chair and your hands must be at your waist. While tightening your core, push your hips forward going to the ceiling until you feel your spine is in the same line as your thighs. Your head will roll upwards until it is on your sofa. Stay in this position for 5 seconds before lowering yourself back to the ground but hold when your butt is at least an inch from the ground. Now push yourself back up. Continue this ten times to complete the set.
As you can see, these exercises target different sides of your core which can help create more balance to your midsection. There are other core training exercises too that you can try out, but these can be used as starters. For sure, once you get to into the groove of training your midsection, it won’t be difficult to achieve the body that you are aiming for.