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10 Bodyweight Exercises to Strengthen Your Core

 
 

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No matter who you are and what your training level is, having a strong core is endlessly important. Seriously! Don’t neglect it! Before we dive into some core exercises, let’s chat about the benefits that come from strengthening your core.

The Benefits of Core Training

The primary goal of core training is to strengthen the muscles that stabilize, align, and move the trunk of the body. 

Core training also does the following:

1. Develops neuromuscular control.

A consistent core training routine will help you develop better neuromuscular control. This is a fancy way of saying that you become more coordinated because your central nervous system and your muscles communicate more efficiently with each other, leading to more efficient movement.)

2. Better stability.

Core training is SO important for injury prevention. Your core helps you maintain balance and properly distribute forces during different movement patterns. If you are performing a lift...

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30 Minute Abs Workout

abs workouts Oct 16, 2019
 
 

Abs Aren't Made in the Kitchen

You've probably heard the expression, "Abs are made in the kitchen!" This isn't totally true though... yes, the kitchen is important when your goal is visible abdominal muscles. But the muscles themselves aren't created there. They're EXPOSED there. 

If you were to diet down to low enough body fat that your midsection tightened up BUT you hadn't done any ab training, there wouldn't be any muscle to see. 

You have to strengthen and grow the muscles via working them in the gym. This isn't just so you can see them. Having a strong core is vital for injury prevention. The core stabilizes your body for all of the free weight movements you're doing and also just within day to day life activities. 

This means you most definitely shouldn't neglect training these muscles. 

The following ab workout should take you about 30 minutes. It's a combo of fast, fun plyometric movements, bodyweight work, and a swiss ball exercise I...

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10 Minute Bodyweight Ab Workout

 
 

This ab workout is short n' sweet! I usually like to throw some core exercises in once or twice per week versus doing an entire ab focused workout. Remember, you use your core for many of the compound movements you're doing and for any movement that requires you to stabilize your own body.

It's still important to isolate these muscles to increase their strength at a faster rate so try incorporating this little circuit once or twice a week! 

It's fast, fun, and intense.

Training Instructions

The workout is meant to be performed circuit style with 15 reps in each set. This means you perform all of the exercises back to back (15 reps each) without rest. Once you've completed one set of all of them, take 60 seconds to rest and then repeat the circuit. 

This will complete your 2 rounds of the circuit. 

Exercise Instructions

Tuck Jumps 

1. Stand up straight with your feet shoulder width apart.

2. Bend at the knees and move your hips backward.

3....

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Pyramid Bodyweight Ab Workout

abs workouts Jun 27, 2019
 
 

Buckle up! This intense ab workout uses just your bodyweight to build a strong, tight core, ladies! No equipment needed. Most women are focused on building an hour glass figure with a small waist. 

In order to build this shape, it's best to stick to high rep bodyweight movements or light weighted movements. You also want to steer clear of overworking the obliques, which can make your waist thicker and "blockier" so to speak. 

How to Perform this Workout

This is meant to be performed pyramid style. This means you will perform lower reps, then higher reps, then back down to lower reps. 

In this case, the pyramid is meant to be:

15

20

25

25

20

15

Perform each exercise in this fashion. 

The Benefits of Training Pyramid Style

Implementing pyramid training has significant benefits.

High Volume

This training style allows you to pack a lot of volume into your workout. Heavy volume is what creates progress in your muscle building and fat burning. To put it...

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Six Pack Abs Workout for Women

 

Swimsuit season is fast approaching, which means more and more of us are working on shedding the winter layer and bringin’ on the toned tummy six pack!

Having a strong core brings balance to your body overall and prevents injuries. Not only that but it also prevents back pain and helps you to maintain good posture.

In other words, there’s more to abs than just looking fabulous!... but it’s definitely an added bonus. ;)

Below is a fab ab routine I’ve used to get my tummy ready for bikini competitions and summer vacations alike-

I started with 4 sets of 20 reps of each of these and increased by 5 reps each week. Your abdominals are very quick to recover from muscle trauma and can be worked during every workout if you choose to. In general, if you are a female looking to “tone” the tummy and achieve the look of a small waist, it is best to limit the amount of oblique training you do and focus on body weight and light weight ab exercises.

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