5 Little Moves for a Strong Core (No Crunches Included)

You can build firmer abs in just 10 minutes.

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Core exercises are an important part of a well-rounded fitness program. Aside from occasional sit-up and push-up, however, core exercises are often neglected.

In this video, certified personal trainer, Holly Rilinger will demonstrate a 10 minute workout which is built to give you a strong core in just five moves. Your core is a complex series of muscles, extending far beyond your abs, including everything besides your arms and legs. It is incorporated in almost every movement of the human body. You’ll be doing these five moves for a stronger core, one minute each, and repeat the cycle two times.  

Side lunge with rotation, to start stand with your feet close together. Take a big step out to the side and come down through the heel of the bent leg. While in the lunge twist your upper body and exhale, to complete push back into the start position and switch sides. 

Spider man push-ups are done very similar to the traditional push-up. These push-ups are slightly tweaked to put more emphasis on the lower abdomen. Lower your body just as you would in a normal push-up, when you are at the lowest point lift your right foot off the ground and bring your knee forward until it reaches your elbow. Hold for a moment then return your leg to its initial position. 

Side plank, to preform this pose you will start by getting into a plank pose, take a few breaths and hold this position. Next is to roll your body to the right while lifting your right arm and placing your right foot and leg over your left leg. Hold and take some deep breaths and return to the original plank position and switch sides. 

Hop hop squats are great for raising your heart rate while squatting. Just take two hops to your right then squat and then take two hops left then squat. 

Upward dog to downward dog are two classic yoga poses that pose many core benefits. These poses stretches out your back and core and taps into untouched muscles.