Not only is having a strong core vital to improving your overall fitness, it also improves your posture and balance, and relieves back tension. If you feel like your sit upsjust aren’t cutting it anymore, try these 5 exercises for stronger abs.
- Knee kick - a kickboxing move that keeps your core engaged for tighter abs. Stand with knees slightly bent, feet shoulder width apart, arms up in front of chest with fists protecting your face. Bring your right knee up to your chest and kick your foot out in a front strike. Lower leg and repeat on left side. For more intensity, instead of alternating 1 kick per leg, remain on one leg for 10 count, bringing kicking leg down for a floor tap and back up to front kick without shifting weight off of balancing leg.
- Reverse plank - take your regular plank and flip it over. Lay on back, legs outstretched, toes extended. Using your arms, lift your upper body and butt of the floor keeping your whole body in a straight line and core muscles tight. Hold for up to 1 minute per rep.
- Kettlebell twist - sit with legs outstretched and knees bent at a 45º angel. Bend back slightly keeping back straight. Hold kettlebell with both hands and twist to the right and then to the left, for one rep. Do not let kettlebell touch the floor. Repeat 20 - 25 times.
- Hanging leg raise - you’ll need a pullup bar to perform this exercise. Hang on bar with feet together, arms slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Curl your knees up to your chest and hold for a count of 2 and slowly lower for a count of 3. For more intensity, keep legs straight and lift legs out in front of you, feet together and do not curl knees up.
- Jump with a twist - you don’t need a jump rope to perform this move, but it can help you keep your rhythm. Jump in place for 20 count. Each time you jump, bring your knees up to your waist and twist to the side, alternating left and right. Repeat until you reach 100 count.