Hard Core

Chances are if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past decade you are familiar with the fitness buzzword “core”.  You know you have one and you know it needs to be stronger but you don’t know how to accomplish this.  In order to be inspired to get that large inflated (or if you are like most people deflated) exercise ball out of your closet you might need some motivation.  Take a second as you are reading this and check your posture…does it resemble the seventh gentleman to the right in the picture above?  Did you straighten up as you read that last sentence?  If so then congratulations, your core is now engaged.  Unfortunately you may need to do a bit more than sit up straight at the computer to really activate and improve your core muscles.  The following are some exercises you can perform, no equipment necessary:

1.) Prone Iso-Ab (aka Plank)

2.) Side Iso-Ab (aka Side Plank)

3.) Quadruped Arm Opposite Leg Raise

Hold each plank for a minute and do 12 reps of the leg raise on each side.  Perform 2-3 sets of each exercise.

Now that you are feeling motivated, go rescue that exercise ball from the closet.  Resist the urge to sell it on ebay and use it for a seat instead.  Repeat daily.