3 Core Strengthening Exercises to Improve Your Work Out Routine

How to incorporate these exercises and improve your workout routine!

These are three of my favourites and a great place to start building core strength and stability. Once you have mastered these, you can move on to more advanced exercises.

In the meantime, before you settle for a few crunches and sit-ups to strengthen your abdominals, consider building on your core so you can show off your confident posture and possibly a six-pack too! 

1. The Plank.

This is the most common exercise for developing core strength. Support yourself on your elbows keeping your knees on the floor. Contract your abdominal muscles then raise the knees off the ground. Your back should be straight throughout this movement and your ankles, hips and shoulders should be in line. Hold for 30 seconds repeat.

2. The Bridge.

Lie flat on your back with your knees bent. Place your arms at your sides then slowly and in a controlled manner raise your hips off the floor until your spine is off the floor all the way to your rib cage. Once again, your knees, hips and chest should be in a straight line. Hold for three to five seconds then slowly return to the start position. Repeat.

3. Reverse Crunch Knee Raises.

Lie flat on your back with your knees bent and off the floor. Your back should be flat against the floor and your hands can be at the sides of your body. Contract your lower abdominal muscles, bringing your knees toward your chest. Slowly return to start position. Repeat.

By incorporating these into your everyday work out routine, you can not only work out and burn calories in other areas of the body, but also strengthen your core muscles and improving your overall work out experience.


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Dr. Claudia Machiella

Dr. Claudia Machiella

Dr. Claudia Machiella owns and operates one of the GTA’s leading chiropractic clinics.  Since 2001 Dr. Claudia Machiella has grown and built her practice and has been a Chiropractic advocate in her community.  Most recently she has opened a second location in Vaughan in order to provide increased accessibility to chiropractic so that more people […]

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