We all want it. Those toned and defined abdominal muscles that we can be proud of and flaunt throughout those long summer days. If only that last line was easier said than done, right? Here at Team Wellbeats, we want to help you feel good from the inside out – without the crazy diets and overcomplicated workouts. So with that, let’s dive into the 3 recommended exercises you can include in your fitness routine for a stronger core.
You will find several variations of a plank in our Wellbeats classes. The traditional plank is placing your forearms on the ground, elbows directly below your shoulders, and arms parallel to your body at about a shoulder-width distance. Your legs are extended out, with your heels maintaining a straight line with the rest of your body. The key to a plank is focusing on your abs – squeezing your inner core tight while keeping your gaze a few inches in front of you.
This basic bodyweight exercise has an abundance of benefits. Not only will this exercise tighten your core, but it can also improve your balance, posture, and upper body strength. Sign us up!
Try a plank in this Wellbeats class: Purposeful Plank | 35 minutes | Intermediate | Dumbbells Needed
#2 Russian Twist
It’s a simple rotation with a pretty powerful twist: defining those side obliques! Sit on the floor, knees close together and bent slightly, and lean back, keeping your back straight. Draw your elbows towards the floor and slowly rotate your torso side to side. If you want an added challenge, you can lift your feet off the ground or keep a dumbbell in hand as you rotate.
This exercise helps prevent slouching and strengthens not just your abs, but your lower back as well.
Try a Russian twist in this Wellbeats class: Core (Circuit) | 10 minutes | Intermediate | No Equipment
No, we’re not talking about riding a bike (although that can certainly engage your abdominal muscles, too). Lay flat on your back, both hands behind your head. Lift your knees up and slowly twist your body side to side as you extend each leg out in a “bicycle” motion.
Perform this exercise to define your side abs and posture.
Try bicycles in this Wellbeats class: Pilates Core | 15 minutes | Intermediate | Yoga Mat
We hope you enjoyed these 3 recommended exercises for a stronger core. Do you have any core exercises you swear by? Let us know in the comments! You can also download our 4-week “Improve Core Strength” workout plan for a class-by-class guide to more toned, defined abs using the exercises featured above.