Building and gaining a strong core involves a combination of the right food and exercise. To strengthen and maintain your core, you should be training your upper and lower abs as well as your obliques. A variation of exercises focusing on these areas work different muscles of your core leading to better balance and stability as well as appearance.
There are lots of exercises that work each group of core muscles and it makes sense to train for all round development. Here are some of our favourite key core workouts to ensure you get the most out of your abdominal region. Read on for Core Muscles: 3 Excellent Exercises to Fully Develop Them!
1. Tuck & Crunch
This exercise focuses on the upper abs. Breathing is important, exhale on your way up to the crunch and inhale on your way back to the starting position. To do this work out, lie flat on your back with your hands to temple. Raise your legs so that your knees are at a 90-degree angle. Lift your torso and bring in your knees towards your chest. You may find it easier to leave your arms and legs straight out and then bring your knees to your chest.
2. Leg Spreaders
This work out focuses on your lower abs and again, steady breathing is essential. You begin by lying on your back and placing your hands under your hips, pull your lower back to the ground. Keep your legs straight and lift them from the floor. Move your legs apart and then back together. Repeat for 30 seconds.
3. Side Plank with Reach Under
This final exercise works your obliques and although this one can be difficult to start with, don’t worry you can work your way up. Begin on your side with your bottom elbow on the floor. Raise your hips so they are off the ground. If you find it easier, keep your knees on the ground. If you want to push yourself, then keep your feet stacked and lift your entire body. Place your top arm out straight into the air. Reach under your body with your top hand, past your hip and keeping your torso stable.