Everyone dreams of having six pack abs. But there are so many more benefits to having a strong core than just a toned tummy! A strong, tight core improves balance and posture as well as improving and preventing future back pain. And of course it improves your appearance, and your self confidence!
Just remember, these exercises alone will not give you a six pack. The key to great abs, and a great body overall, is all in your diet.
Now onto the workout!
Plank: If you choose to only perform one core exercise this should be the one. The plank tones your entire body, but you'll really feel it in your core. Perform this exercise with elbows shoulder width apart, hands clasped and feet together. Start off with 2 one minute planks 3 to 5 times a week.
Side Plank: The side plank good for toning the obliques and total body strengthening. Stack your left foot on top of your right and balance on your right forearm. Hold for 30 seconds on each side. Perform this exercise 3 to 5 times a week.Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Side-plank-1.png
Bicycle: This exercise is great for the lower abs and obliques (It'll really work those love handles!) Start with legs in the air and hands clasped behind your head. Bring your left leg into your chest and your right elbow across your body until it touches your left knee. Repeat on the opposite side. That's one rep. Do 3 sets of 10, three times a week.
V-Ups: Begin by lying on your back, legs extended and arms above your head. Slowly use your core to lift yourself up until your fingers touch your legs. Release and return to the starting position. That's one rep. Repeat until you have done 3 sets of ten. Do this exercise 3 times a week.
Reverse sit ups: These are wonderful for targeting those hard to reach lower abs and getting rid of that little lower belly pooch. Start by lying on your back, legs straight and arms above your head grasping a sturdy piece of furniture or a heavy weight. Bring your legs up into your chest and extend into the air until your butt is off the ground. Return your legs to the starting position. That's one rep. Perform 3 sets of 10, three to five times a week.
By regularly performing these exercises each week and eating a clean diet you will soon have a strong trim core you can be proud of!