Toning your core is important for sculpting your entire bod, not just a sexy waistline. A strong midsection helps you with every move, from deadlifts, to squats, to bicep curls. Your core is made up of three main types of muscles — obliques, your side muscles that help you to twist; transversus abdominis, your internal core that stabilizes you; and rectus abdominis, the muscle that allows you to flex forward. (Learn more about the different ab muscles HERE!) Today, we’re going to be working each and every one of ‘em for complete toning action! You can add these to your normal routine or the Tone It Up Challenge workouts. If you haven’t already joined the Challenge, it’s not too late! Sign up HERE for your free starter pack with all the deets you need to get started.
And psst… if you don’t have sliders for these moves, you can always swap in some paper plates. ;)
Slider Mountain Climbers
What: Boosts heart rate while toning your core, shoulders and hip flexors.
How: Begin in a plank position with hands directly below shoulders and feet on sliders. Keep your left foot on the ground as you pull your left knee toward your chest. Return to start. Continue alternating legs.
Complete 42 reps, 21 on each side.
What: Tones your core (transverses abdominis and rectus abdominis).
How: Begin in a v-sit position with legs and shoulders lifted a few inches off the ground. Crunch in, bringing knees and upper body up to meet at center. Slowly return to start.
Complete 42 reps.
Standing Side Crunch
What: Tones obliques and works on balance.
How: Begin standing on your left leg, with your right leg lifted in the air, right arm raised and upper body tilted to the left. Make sure your core is engaged to help with balance. Lift your right knee and lower your right elbow down to meet at the center in a side crunch. Slowly return to start.
Do 21 reps, then switch sides.
(Photos and GIFs via Tone it Up)