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.
Primary Muscles: Transverse Abdominus Secondary Muscles: Rectus Abdominus and Obliques
Half-Kneeling Lift-AKA Hay Bailer
Med Ball Rotation
Rectus Abdominus, Transverse Abdominus, and Obliques
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.
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?
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