One of my favorite ways to wrap up a great workout is to go through a quick core circuit. Almost every workout works your abs in some way or another, but every now and then it’s nice to take some time to really focus on them. I vary the type of moves that I use, but these three are some of my favorites because they require no “crunching”! You can save your boring, old crunches for another day.
Grab a mat and complete each move for thirty seconds before moving to the next. Then, complete the entire circuit two more times. Most importantly, have a little fun!
Plank Knee Taps: Prop yourself up on your elbows and toes, with your body forming a straight line and your core braced. Keeping your torso as straight as you can, alternate tapping each knee to the floor. These movements should be slow and steady, because you should be focusing on keeping your core activated. One left knee tap and one right knee tap make one rep.
Scissor Kicks: Lie flat on your back with your arms against the sides of your body with your palms pressing into the floor. Lift both legs straight up, while engaging your abs and pressing your lower back into the ground. Lower your right leg down toward the ground, without letting it touch. Then scissor your legs to lift your right leg back up as you lower your left leg down. Again, this movement should be steady and controlled. One left leg lift and one right leg lift make one rep.
Plank Side Jumps: Get into push-up position with your hands below your chest and your body in a straight line. Jump both feet up, tucking your knees towards the outside of your left elbow. Quickly return your feet to the start before repeating the same movement on your right side. That is one rep. While this movement is quicker, you should still focus on bracing your core throughout the process.