To all of my American friends, I would like to wish you all a Happy Fourth of July.
After you’ve had a chance to enjoy and celebrate Independence Day, give the 2 exercises below a go.
In this post, Andrew Raposo will take you through two different core training exercises to help you get the ab results you want faster. These exercises can be done on their own as a short workout, or you can do them as a “finisher” at the end of your workout to completely fatigue the abs. The first exercise requires no equipment, but for the second exercise you will need either fitness sliders or towels and a slippery floor (like hardwood or laminate).
Training your core is essential for improved athletic performance as well as injury rehabilitation and prevention. The core muscles work together to create the strength and coordination needed for movement. As such, increasing your core strength leads to improvements in functional fitness. Functional fitness involves your everyday tasks, such as walking, picking things up, bending over, etc. A strong core also helps prevent or eliminate low back pain. Strong core muscles allow you to maintain good posture which reduces the strain on your spine. A strong core also reduces your risk for neck pain, muscle tears, ruptured discs in your spine and ligament injuries. Core training increases athletic performance because your powerful movements originate from your core. Strength in your core allows you to produce stronger and faster arm and leg movements. If all of those benefits weren’t enough, a strong core also makes you look good. You will see a slimmer, tighter waistline and, depending on your body, maybe even defined abs. Neglecting core training can lead to injury and pain, so make sure to incorporate exercises such as the ones in this post into your exercise regimen.
Rick Kaselj, MS
What’s up guys? Andrew Raposo here. This video goes out to Rick and his readers at ExercisesForInjuries.com.
Today, I am going to show you two core training exercises that when combined together will speed up your core training results.
2 Must Do Core Exercises
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I am going right into the exercises.
#1 – Long Plank Armpit Touches
Start in a push up position, bracing your abs nice and tight. Walk your way out (which I called the long plank position), with your hands stretched above your head. Brace your abs nice and tight, preventing your hips from moving side to side, and then touch your opposite armpit.
Long Plank Armpit Touches
With this exercise, aim for 10 reps on each side. You can make it more challenging by walking your hands further above your head, or you can make it easier by walking in closer.
#2 – Soft Planks with Gliders
You will need a pair of gliders or you can also use a towel on a slippery surface. Start in a plank position on your forearms. Brace your abs tight and maintain alignment from your head to toes. Slide back and forth with the gliders.
Soft Planks with Gliders
Aim for 10 reps. If you want to make this exercise harder, you can slide further out. To make it easier, you can shorten the range of motion.
Those are two exercises that when combined together will speed up your core training results and will give you hard rock abs. You can put them at the end of your training routine or you can even do them on an off day. Enjoy these two exercises and I will see you guys later.
For your guide to a strong and toned core, check out the Invincible Core program, here!