When you think of working your core, you probably think about ab exercises. But the truth is, exercising your core isn’t just about doing sit-ups. Your core involves your abs, glutes, lower back muscles and hips. Core exercises are an important part of any fitness program. When you work your core, you’re training the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This improves your balance and stability while helping to prevent injury. Strengthening your core will improve your posture, help alleviate lower back pain and improve your athletic performance.

This 3-part core training series only requires about six minutes a day to complete. Over time, working your core will give you the results you’ve been looking for. It can even help reduce stubborn belly fat!

Day One

The first part of the series involves three simple exercises. If you’re feeling ambitious, repeat the routine twice!

  • Exercise 1: Skyscrapers – 10 per side
  • Exercise 2: Windshield Wipers – 10 per side
  • Exercise 3: Army Crawls – 36 steps

Watch the video below for a how-to:

Day Two

The second day involves four challenging moves. Repeat the set for an extra challenge!

  • Exercise 1: Breakdancer – 15 per side
  • Exercise 2: Skydiver – Hold for 30 seconds
  • Exercise 3: Dead Bug – 10 reps
  • Exercise 4: Thread The Needle – 10 per side

Watch the video below for a how-to:

Day Three

The third day consists of four difficult core exercises in a quick, six-minute circuit.

  • Exercise 1: Crab Kicks into Superman – 6 per side
  • Exercise 2: Stat Leg Raise – 10 per side
  • Exercise 3: Side V-ups – 10 per side
  • Exercise 4: Over/under – 10 per side

Watch the video below for a how-to:

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