Kiss your classic crunches goodbye. Here’s some challenging (and fun!) moves to add to your core workout routine.
Inverted V Planks
Start your ab workout strong with inverted v planks. While they may sound a little complicated, you’re just shifting your body weight.
- Begin in a forearm plank. You will be shifting your center of gravity, so it’s up to you whether you want to keep your legs together or hip-width apart.
- Tighten your core, and lift your hips to the ceiling. Imagine that you’re in dolphin pose, similar to downward dog but on your forearms.
- Without moving your feet, lower back to start.
Don’t get us wrong, planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do at the gym. But holding them for two minutes is boring. Spider crawls work not only your entire body, but also target your abs and obliques.
- Begin in push-up position, and lift your right foot slightly off the floor.
- Bring your knee to your right elbow, hold for a beat, then return to start.
If you’re looking for an extra challenge, lower into a push-up as you bring your knee to your elbow.
Weighted Side Bend
There’s a common misconception that you can only do ab exercises on the floor. That’s not the case with weighted side bends. All you need is a dumbbell, kettlebell, or light plate to get started.
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and hold one weight at your side.
- Slowly dip to the side, almost like you’re dragging the weight down your leg.
The goal is to keep the rest of your body still as you move your upper torso. Weighted side bends are an excellent way to work your obliques, which acts like a corset.
The key to making these moves as effective as possible? Proper form. Every Boost Fitness member has a complimentary personal training session, where you can work with a trainer to make sure your form is up to par.
Your sides will be screaming after a couple dozen of Russian twists. You don’t need any equipment for this exercise, but we always encourage a light weight if you up for a challenge.
- Sit on the floor with your legs bent in front of you, and lean back slightly.
- If you’re not using a weight, clasp your hands in front of you with your elbows out to the sides. You should twist far enough that your elbows touch the floor.
We promise that, after a few rounds of ab roll-outs, you’ll feel deliciously sore tomorrow. Most of our locations have ab rollers, a single little wheel with handles. If you can’t find one, a barbell with light weights will do.
- Start on your hands and knees, while holding the ab roller directly below your shoulders.
- Slowly roll forward until you can’t go any farther. The goal here is to not touch your body to the floor.
- Once you’re reached your peak, slowly roll back in to start.
Are you looking for even more moves to spice up your core workout routine? Download your free class pass to try our 30-minute Group Core class!