What Are the Best Core Exercises for Beginners? How Can I Strengthen My Core at Home?
If you’re just starting your fitness journey, we won’t make you jump into the deep end quite yet.
Here are the Best Core Exercises for Beginners:
Your entire core is engaged in a plank, as you stabilize yourself in a straight line (don’t sink)!
If you can’t quite support yourself into a full plank, have no fear, you can start with…
#2) Knee Plank
Just like a regular plank, but you have your knees for support. Start with these until you can do the real thing.
#3) Hip Bridge
The hip bridge will activate the glutes and the rest of your core as you bring your body up.
#4) The Hollow Body Hold
The hollow body is one of the best ways to engage the midsection and stabilize the body. We utilize the hollow body exercise as part of our strategy for getting your first handstand.
Once you get comfortable holding the position, try…
#5) The Hollow Body Rocking
These 5 exercises will go a long way towards developing serious core strength.
“Steve, these moves are easy peezy. What are some advanced core exercises?”
I thought you’d never ask.
The 5 Best Core Exercises
Now the real fun starts.
Here are The 5 Best Core Exercises:
Squats? Yes, squats.
Squats train just about every muscle in your core (and lower body). Your core is engaged as you stabilize yourself up and down. If you don’t currently train with squats, start with a simple assisted bodyweight squat:
Yes, pull-ups are an upper-body exercise. But you’ll engage your core as you hoist yourself up. The more you keep your body in control (don’t flail about as you go up and down), the more you’ll train your core.
Depending on your age, weight, sex, and genetic makeup, your body will lose fat in a certain order, from certain parts of your body, that you can’t control.
Here are some things to consider:
Everybody has abdominal muscles. Yep, even you! They might be tiny, or weak, but everybody has 6-pack abs. They might just be hidden under a layer of fat. No judgment, just reality.
Fat does NOT turn into muscle – they are two different things. Like oil and water, fat sits on top of muscle. You could have ridiculously strong abs ready to pop out, but if they are buried under a lot of fat, no amount of exercise will give you a flat stomach or make those abs pop, because it doesn’t address the fat on top of your muscles.
A flat stomach only appears when you have a low enough bodyfat percentage.The reason there are 1,000,000,000 ab workouts on YouTube is that people know there’s BIG money in the ab-industry for people desperate to get a flat stomach! And ab exercises are much easier to market as exciting than “eat better, get strong, move more, for a long long time.”
So if you want a flat stomach or six-pack abs, we need to create a plan for sustainable weight loss.
I know, WAY EASIER SAID THAN DONE.
Have no fear, I have a couple resources for you:
How to Lose Weight Without Dieting (The 5 Rules of Weight Loss): you’ve probably been on a diet before. You might even be on a diet right now. We discuss why they generally don’t work (temporary changes create temporary results) and provide a less conventional but more permanent solution (tiny changes for the win).