A core circuit workout that is designed to strengthen and tone your entire core with a variety of moves.
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The holidays are over and we’re getting back into a regular workout routine including this core workout 3 days a week.
These exercises improve your ability to stabilize your spine which is essential for peak performance in any sport or physical activity and lower back health.
The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. – Anthony Robbins
For best results, train your core 3 times a week as a single workout or as a pre- or post- workout supplement.
The trick to maximizing each move is to focus on 3 things throughout every rep- form, posture and breath.
Don’t hold your breath and simply remember to exhale on exertion.
- chair or bench
- Don’t skip the warm-up or cool-down.
- Use proper body alignment and good form.
- Weights and intensity should be based on your fitness level.
- Modify as needed to meet your fitness level by increasing/decreasing weights, reps or rest.
- Gradually increase intensity and/or repetitions based on your progress.
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Make modifications as needed. Intensity and rest periods should be based on your individual fitness level. See your physician before beginning any exercise program. This web site is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice and supervision of your personal physician.
Heel Taps (1) Lie on your back with your arms next to your sides and your palms facing the floor with your hips and knees at 90-degree angles. Your thighs should be perpendicular to the floor and your lower legs should be parallel to the floor. Maintain these joint positions throughout the movement. (2) Slowly lower your left foot to the floor. Tap your toe on the floor lightly and pull your leg back up to the starting position. (3) Slowly lower your right foot to the floor. Tap your toe lightly and pull your leg back up to the starting position. Continue alternating sides with a left and right tap as 1 rep.
Seated Crunches (1) Sit on the edge of a chair or bench placing your hands next to your hips and grip the front of the seat. (2) Lean back slightly and extend your legs down and away, keeping your heels 4-6 inches off the floor. (3) Bend your knees and slowly raise your legs toward your upper body, allowing your chest to move toward your thighs. An extension and bend is one rep.
Cross Body Mountain Climber (1) Get into a push-up position with your arms straight. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. (2) Lift your right knee toward your left elbow, return to the starting position. (3) Lift your left knee to your right elbow, return to the starting position. That’s one rep.
Inchworm (1) Stand tall with your legs straight. (2) Bend at your hips and begin walking with your hands. Keeping your legs straight, walk your hands forward as far as you can without allowing your hips to sag. (3) Walk your feet toward your hands. That’s one rep.
Double Leg Stretch (1) Lie on your back on the floor, bend your legs and hold onto your shins, and curl your shoulders up off the floor. (2) Keeping your hips down and your lower back pressed into the floor, extend your legs up and out at a 45-degree angle to the floor as your reach your arms straight up with your biceps near your ears, forming a wide U shape with your body. (3) Hold this position, pressing your ribs down toward the floor. (4) Use your abs to bring your legs and arms back to the starting position with your knees bent. Keep your core braced and don’t hold your breath. A curl and an extension is one rep.
Plank Twist (1) Get into plank position with your forearms flat on the floor and your palms facing down. (2) Keeping your hands in place and using your feet as the pivot point, twist your body to the left as far as possible without losing your balance. Twist left and right is one rep.
Half Seated Leg Circles (1) Sit on the floor with your legs full extended, leaning back on your elbows, your fingers resting on the sides of your hips. (2) Engage your core and lift your legs about 45 degrees. (3) Point your toes, press your thighs together, and trace large clockwise circles, then counterclockwise circles. Keep your feet and legs together as you make circles with your legs. Each circle is one rep.
Rolling Side Plank (1) Get into plank position, but then immediately roll onto your right elbow so that you’re in a side plank. Hold for 1 to 2 seconds. (2) Roll your body onto both elbows back into plank position – hold for 1-2 seconds. (3) Roll onto your left elbow so that you’re in a side plank facing the opposite direction. Hold for 1-2 seconds. Each roll is 1 rep.
[BONUS] Plank (1) Start in a push-up position except keep your hands directly under your shoulders instead of outside of your chest. (2) Legs are straight out behind you with feet together. (3) You are balancing on your palms and the balls of your feet. Hold this position.
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