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Feel the Fire: A Quick Core Workout

27.02.2020

As we head towards the end of the month, why not light a little fire in your belly with this quick but fierce core workout? 

It’s been a while since we got down and sweaty in this little blog. This week I want to change things up, with a core workout that you can do anywhere. Suitable for both fitness beginners and workout regulars, it’s a great way to add a little spark to the beginning of your day and stretch your core capability. A strong core is the foundation for healthy movement, so it’s important not to neglect these types of workouts. Grab some water and a mat to get started!

1. Leg-Raise Crunches

Start out flat on your back on a mat or towel – but don’t worry, we won’t be staying still for long. Bend your knees and lift your legs so that your calves are parallel to the ground. Lift your shoulders and neck off the ground, hands knitted at the base of the skull.  Here you want to try and activate your core, moving from there and not wrenching your neck forward with your hands. You’re here for 45 seconds.

REST FOR 15 SECONDS

2. V Sit-Ups

You’re sticking with the floorwork for now. Point your toes and stretch your arms up above you, bringing your hands close together as if you are preparing to dive. Now, keeping knees and elbows as straight as possible, attempt to lift legs and arms to touch together in a V-shaped crunch. This can be tough to master, so don’t worry if you’re not all the way there yet. The key is to engage your core and stretch yourself – literally and figuratively! Keep it going for 45 seconds

REST FOR 15 SECONDS

3. Plank Shoulder Taps

Start this movement in either a classic or modified plank pose. For the modified pose, your knees can touch the ground with ankles crossed. Then slowly and deliberately touch your shoulder with the opposite hand. It sounds simple, but this requires a lot of core control. Avoid jerky movements and remember to engage your core. Complete for 45 seconds.

REST FOR 15 SECONDS

4. High Knees

Up on your feet for this deceptively simple exercise. Stand tall with your feet around hip-width apart. Now lift one knee at a time to hip height, keeping a strong and stable core. As you get more practiced you can make this movement faster. Alternate legs for 45 seconds.

REST FOR 15 SECONDS

5. Bridge

We are going to finish off on the mat with a classic bridge. Lie down with the soles of your feet flat on the floor and your knees bent and drawn in towards your bum. Now squeezing your core lift your bum up and away from the ground. holding before lowering to the ground and repeating. For a more intense workout, never let your bum completely touch the floor.

REST FOR 30 SECONDS AND REPEAT THE SEQUENCE

I hope you are feeling inspired to get your sweat on! If you’re looking for more great workout ideas and personalised fitness advice, why not get in touch? Our friendly personal trainers are obsessed with helping you unlock your potential. Enjoy the leap weekend and I will be back in your inbox next week. Until then, stay amazing.