You don’t have do mindless crunches to refine that midsection. In fact, the more muscles involved the better.
1. Plank to T with weights
Start in plank and rotate to one side. Hold “T” position, then back to plank. Alternate sides.
|Start in plank position|
|Rotate w/ weight. Alternate side|
Slowly lower the weight from starting position (below). The controlled movement targets your lats and upper abdominal muscles.
|Pullover starting position|
|Lower weight & return to start|
I’m cracking up in the picture below because as I was posing for this shot, Cooper started licking my hand! From a lying down position, bring one knee in as arms move overhead. Switch legs.
|Single leg crunch start|
|Bring arms overhead as one leg|
The narrow grip forces you to engage that core and develop upper body strength in the process. Keep your body in a tight line.
5. Cross-back lunges with knee tuck
Abs aren’t developed solely in the horizontal plane right? For even more difficulty, hold the medicine ball overhead while completing this move. Anytime your have weight or hold your arms overhead, your core has to work harder.
What is your FAVORITE core move?
*Disclaimer: Although I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, please consult a physician before starting any diet or exercise plan. If you choose to do any of the workouts featured on this website, you do so at your own risk.