Thursday, March 19, 2009

Core Training

Core Exercises 

Balancing Seated Twist with Medicine Ball
-Sit on the floor with feet firmly planted, knees bent, back straight, and hands gripping a medicine ball. Bend your elbows and tuck them in at your sides, holding the ball in front of your torso. Keeping a your back straight, lean back until you feel your abs engage. From there, carefully lift your feet off of the floor to balance. When you are in a balance position with your feet off the floor begin to twist side to side, touching the medicine ball to the floor with each twist.

Muscles Worked: Abs, Obliques, Hips

Crunches with Twist

- Lie on the floor or a mat on your back, with knees bent and hands behind head. Feet should be flat on the ground. Keep a space between your chin and chest (looking diagonal towards the ceiling).
- Don't use your hands and arms to help lift you up - use abdominal and hips.

- Lie on back, arms in a T, legs straight up, feet together, toes pointed or flexed.

 EXHALE: Slowly lower legs several inches to the left without touching the floor, then, while keeping your legs straight, bring your legs up from the left and lower them on the right several inches from the floor.


  1. I like working out with medicine balls. They really work the core muscles.

  2. Thanks! This will be great to try since summer is coming up!