Have you grown tired of doing the same old crunches? All is not lost. It is just time to change things up a little bit! If you want results you can see, you’ll need to put a little extra power into your moves. It won’t be hard with these 4 crazy powerful core exercises! Try a few of them out and see what works for you.
1) Bicycle Crunch
This first crazy powerful core exercise is designed to target your obliques and your lower abs all at the same time. How does it do this? It takes a regular crunch and takes it to the next level. The bicycle crunch isn’t easy but it can really help strengthen your core and give you more defined abs. Lie down on the ground with your hands behind your head. Then raise your legs in the air so they are at a 90-degree angle. Bring your ring elbow towards your left knee, come back into position, and then bring your left elbow towards your right knee. Continue to alternate sides for 60 seconds, or as long as you can. To make the bicycle crunch more effective, hold the crunch for longer before getting back into position.
2) Cable Rotation
This next move requires some equipment, but it can really help to work your core. It is ideal for people who play sports like tennis, golf, or baseball, as it focuses on working the obliques. Conquer this move by standing with a cable in both hands. They should be out in front of you. While you keep your arms straight and strong, engage your abs, and rotate your upper body to the right. Bring your body back to the centre and then do the same on the left. Keep alternating between sides until you’ve done 10 on each.
3) Spiderman Plank Crunches
Are you ready for a core exercise you will feel for days (and days) after you do it? Then the Spiderman plank crunch is your new go-to move. Just a warning: this exercise lives up to its’ name. If your Spidey senses are tingling, let’s break it down. Start by getting into the plank position. You want your forearms flat on the ground with your body as straight as possible. To do the move, take your right knee and bring it towards your right elbow, then bring your body back into plank. Make sure you are really crunching at the top of that move! For the best results, alternate on each side until you’ve done 10. This power move will help you work your back, arms, obliques, and abdominals.
4) The Cross Crunch
There is one more crazy powerful core exercise for you to try. It is the cross crunch. This is a simple but challenging move. You target your lower abs, obliques, and rectus abdominals, as well. How do you complete the move? Lie down on your back with your arms and legs spread out. You want your body to look like a big X. Bring your right hand towards your left foot, crunch, and lower. Then bring your left hand towards the right foot, and lower again. You are going across the body to really work that core! You’ll want to do 10 of these on each side.
It may not be summer yet, but you’ll wish it were once you power through these core exercises. There is no doubt that your stomach will be stronger and more toned than ever before.