Core exercises are my favorite part of my workout. I hate running, squats and lunges hurt my knees, but core workouts have always just come naturally to me. I started gymnastics when I was 3 and spent the next 19 years after that building up my core muscles through all different types of drills and exercises required in gymnastics & cheer. These 3 exercises do a great job of toning everything including your: abs, arms, legs, back, butt – no equipment needed!

1. Alternating Plank Bird Dog.

Start in a full plank position with your arms & legs shoulder length apart. Lift your opposite arm & leg out until they are parallel to the floor – hold for a moment squeezing *everything*. Return to start and repeat, alternating sides.

Do 12, left-right is one rep.

2. Single Leg Forward Stretch.

Stand with feet together, arms at your sides. Shift weight to right foot, drop your chest, and lift your opposite leg backward while simultaneously raising your arms up. Keep your core tight, then return to the starting position. Alternate and repeat. Use a 5 lb weight for a harder workout.

Do 12, left-right is one rep.

3. Tuck Jumps.

Start with feet shoulder width apart. Bend into a squat while swinging your arms backwards for momentum. Propel your body upwards as high as you can while tucking your legs and arms. Land through the balls of your feet back into a squat position. Repeat.

Do 12 in a row.

Do 12 reps of each exercise 4 times. Try to fit a good ab workout in 3 times a week, you got this! I linked my workout wear below & here’s one more post I’ve done in the past with ab exercises I think yield the best results. Happy Monday!

Workout Wear: Seamless Sports Bra (size small) | High Waist Crop Leggings (XXS)


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