Core exercises for balance and strength don’t have to include crunches! These 3 core exercises are creative and such fun to try! See for yourself.
When I’m in a fitness “Crunch,” I tend to get creative. Which means I’m pretty much always getting creative with my workouts (for myself and my classes). Let’s face it, not many of us have the time to spend hours at the gym or doing a billion crunches (can you tell I like that word?), and who wants to waste their time doing that if they are not effective and counter productive?
So let’s make today FIT TIP FRIDAY. Sound good?
Here are a few of my favorite crunch-less core exercises for balance and strength. You know I’m all about balance… in fitness and life.
First… UTILIZE that foam roller.
Did you know you can sit on the foam roller in boat pose? You can also perform V-Ups. It will challenge your balance and work on the strength. I like like to hold boat pose until I wobble over. I focus on improving my time from there. It’s not as easy as it looks ya’ll!
The second move I like to practice on the foam roller is an ab tuck. Yes, just like you would do a tuck or pike on the stability ball. This move feels quite similar, but since you are lower to the ground, it can be harder to tuck your knees in, which makes it KILLER. Just sayin..
Try 3 sets of 15. Advanced fitness participants can add in a push up. You’re crazy though if you do, because it’s tough!
USE A PLATE and PLANK WALK
Place a towel or a paper plate underneath a weight plate. Place your feet on top then drag the weight while you plank walk.
This one is truly a burner. Start off going a walking in plank for a few feet, rest, then repeat. Small steps from there because it will TAKE TIME to build the endurance. The plate I am dragging is a 25lb weight.
Here’a video demo to make things clear.
All these exercises can be implemented into your weekly strength routine. I would pick one and add it to the end of your workout. Then try a new one the following workout, make sense?
Now… hop to it!
What are your favorite core exercises for balance and strength?
Have you tried any of these moves?