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 鈥 obliques, your side muscles that help you to twist; transversus聽abdominis,聽your internal core that stabilizes you; and rectus聽abdominis,聽the muscle that allows you to flex forward. (Learn more about the different ab muscles聽HERE!) Today, we鈥檙e going to be working each and every one of 鈥榚m for complete toning action! You can add these to your normal routine or the聽Tone It Up Challenge聽workouts. If you haven鈥檛 already joined the Challenge, it鈥檚 not too late! Sign up聽HERE聽for your free starter pack with all the deets you need to get started.

After your workout, make sure to replenish your muscles with the best. Try out聽THIS聽overnight oats recipe or聽THIS聽ultimate smoothie guide, both featured from our聽6 Week Meal Plan.

And psst鈥 if you don鈥檛 have sliders for these moves, you can always swap in some paper plates. ;)

Slider Mountain Climbers

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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.

V-Sit Crunch

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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

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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.

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