8 Exercises to a Stronger Core

By , SparkPeople Blogger
A strong core not only allows us to have the flat belly many of us desire, but it also helps with our posture. By developing a strong core, you may also find your cardio activities, such as running and swimming to be a tad easier.

But remember doing abdominal exercises alone will not give us the six-pack many of us long for--that comes from shrinking the belly fat that overlays the muscles which is achieved by following a healthy diet and doing some daily cardio-respiratory activity.

Please note that you do not need to do all of these exercises at one time, but you do want to focus on the different core regions, including the Rectus Abdominus, Transverse Abdominus, and Obliques.

Some of these exercises require a medicine ball, stability ball and BOSU trainer.

Abdominal Exercises

Primary Muscles: Transverse Abdominus Secondary Muscles: Rectus Abdominus and Obliques

Half-Kneeling Lift-AKA Hay Bailer

Obliques, Ab

Med Ball Rotation

Obliques, Abs

Side Plank

Rectus Abdominus, Transverse Abdominus, and Obliques

Single Bridge

Ball Plank

Windshield Wiper

Plank Twist on a BOSU

According to the American Council on Exercise, the Bicycle Exercise is considered to be the most effective abdominal exercise in developing a strong core as it works the three core regions-- the Rectus Abdominus, Transverse Abdominus and Obliques. And the best thing, you do not need any exercise equipment to do this activity.

Bicycle Exercise

For more abdominal workouts see Coach Nicole's 10-Minute Crunchless Core Workout Video and 15-Minutes Abs Workout Video

What is your favorite ab exercise? Have you seen improvement in your cardio activity by having a stronger core?