The Best Exercises For A Strong Core Trainers Swear By – Don’t Eat This That

There are a number of simple, everyday activities that rely on your body’s core strength. If your “torso” isn’t as strong as it should be, your posture, balance and stability can suffer greatly. Needless to say, the better your core strength is, the better your overall physical condition will be. So get ready to get those abs in the best shape possible because we chatted with Maggie Priore, a personal trainer at Fyt, who shares the best exercises for a strong core. (If you didn’t already know, Fyt is the nation’s largest personal training service that makes fitness easy and accessible to everyone under the expert guidance of a personal or virtual, certified fitness professional.)

Trainers love the moves below, so add them to your workout routine and you’ll see noticeable results. Read on to learn about the best exercises for a strong core, then don’t miss the 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Tight Arms in 2022, Trainer says.

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Get ready to train your abs with Leg Raise Variations. Start by lying down and bring your legs to 90 degrees to perform the basic version of this move. Priore explains, “Lower your legs until they’re about a foot off the floor. If you feel your back or hip flexors begin to compensate, don’t take your legs so low. You can also bend your knees to complete the exercise.” More advanced players can do Hanging Leg Raises where you hang from a bar and raise your legs to 90 degrees.” Complete 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps.

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According to Priore, planks are a “simple” but really great exercise for working your core. If performing a traditional plank is too challenging, you can modify it by getting on your knees or hands. Note that a forearm plank is more difficult.

“Remember to tighten your glutes and bring your elbows toward your heels, this will help ‘tune’ your core,” explains Priore. “If a regular plank is too easy, you can make variations to make the plank less stable (hip dips, going up and down on your hands, etc.). Remember to try side planks too!” Complete 3 sets of 30 to 60 seconds.

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Okay, Deadlifts may not look like a core-focused exercise, but Priore points out that they should be a full-body move if performed correctly. Start by working on good form without taking on extra weight. Once your form is solid, slowly add the extra weight.

Priore instructs: “Place dumbbells or a barbell in your hands, parallel to the front of your body. Stand hip-distance apart and hinge forward as you bend your knees slightly, lowering the weights toward the floor. Use your hips, glutes and core to lift yourself back up to the starting position Engage your core throughout the exercise, but especially when you come up from the deadlift Think navel to spine and have the same “brace” feeling as with doing a plank.” Complete 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps.

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If you’re looking for more body and mind inspiration, check out Get a Flatter Stomach With These Quick Daily Exercises, Trainer Says, and 5 Easy Hobbies to Help You Live an Incredibly Healthy Lifestyle. Getting on the right track to reach your exercise goals all starts with having important healthy habits on deck, such as following a nutritious diet. In these pieces, we explore how to get in shape “the fun and easy way” in addition to ultra-productive everyday moves that help you get a flat stomach.

Alexa Mellardo

Alexa is the Mind + Body Deputy Editor of Eat This, Not That!, overseeing the M+B channel, delivering compelling fitness, wellness and self-care topics to readers. read more

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