Article contributed by guest writer Luke Douglas- 5 Moves for a Crazy Strong Core
Building a strong core doesn’t happen overnight, which is exactly why you need to be very patient and dedicated when it comes to working out. However, you don’t need to worry because there are a lot of useful exercises that can help you achieve your fitness goals. Stay with us and keep on reading if you want to learn about five amazing moves for a crazy strong core!
Iso chin-up hold with leg raise
Even though combination exercises can be a bit tricky simply because one exercise is often a lot harder than the other one, that’s not the case with iso chin-up holds with leg raise. It combines chin-up iso holds and hanging leg raises for the ultimate core training, and we’re sure that you’ll absolutely love it! Both of these exercises are actually equally difficult, which is exactly why it works out really well. Apart from strengthening your core, it will also do wonders for your upper back. Killing two birds with one stone is never a bad idea, right?
Stability ball crunches
The stability ball is one of the best tools to sculpt your way to a stronger core, so make sure to get one ASAP! Exercises that feature stability ball are low-impact and beginner-friendly, but it doesn’t mean that they won’t help you get those perfectly sculpted abs you’re dreaming of. Doing a controlled crunch on such unstable surface is actually much more beneficial than doing regular crunches – it boosts activation of your abdominals to the max. For this exercise, you should sit on the stability ball and walk your feet forward, so that your thighs, neck, and shoulders are parallel to the floor. Relax your neck, place your hands behind your head, and lift your shoulders off the ball. Don’t push too much pressure on your neck and keep it slow!
High plank knee crosses
Plank knee crosses are among the most effective exercises if you want to have a killer six-pack. Start on all fours with your hands directly under the shoulders and your knees under the hips. Extend your legs out straight, one at a time, and bring your body into a high plank, with your feet shoulder-width apart. Hold a plank position for 15 seconds, and bring your right knee to your left elbow as close as you can. Repeat with the opposite leg and alternate for 30 seconds to one minute. As you move from one side to the other, make sure that your body is strong and stable, as well as not to shift your weight to the shoulders. Besides that, you should give your best to breathe properly – exhale as you bring each knee in, and inhale as it comes out!
Stability ball roll-outs
As already mentioned, the stability ball can be extremely beneficial for building a strong core, and it is particularly amazing since it helps smaller core muscles to engage better than any other traditional form of exercise. You should start by kneeling on the ground, with your toes underneath your feet. Place a stability ball in front of you and then your forearms on it, so that your arm makes a 90-degree angle. Push off from your toes and roll your body forward, making sure that you’re balanced on the ball in a plank position. As for the position of your body, it should form a straight line from your heels to your head. Hold for one to two seconds, then bend your knees and roll back to the original position.
Even though this seems a bit unconventional, a trampoline can also be an extremely useful tool for building perfectly sculpted and strong abs. Trampoline jumps will tone and tighten your core, while shredding some calories and boosting your cardio similarly to going for a run – but without the stress on your joints! Before you start your workout, make sure to warm up for two to three minutes just by jumping up and down. There are many beneficial exercises, such as tuck jump where you need to jump up, pull your knees to your chest and grasp your hands around the knees and ankles. Be sure to land standing tall with your arms extended straight over your head. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of extreme trampoline jumping, you’ll definitely have to give indoor jumping a try. There are centers that offer freestyle trampoline arenas, gymnastic tumble tracks, and trampoline grab bags, so you can pick any of these and enjoy a fantastic workout (which doesn’t even feel like a real workout), while having a lot of fun at the same time!
As you can see, there are so many beneficial exercises that will help you build a crazy strong core and carve those perfect abs that everyone will be jealous of. Just make sure to pick the ones appropriate for your own body and fitness experience, so that you can see the results as soon as possible!
About the Author:
Luke is a fitness and health blogger at Ripped.me and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.