Top 5 Core Workouts to Prepare Your Summer Body

Have you been looking for ways to prepare yourself for the upcoming summer season? There are a variety of different ways you can exercise your core. Here is a list of some workouts you can do right from the comfort of your own home.

  • The Plank

    The Plank is perhaps one of the most simplistic, and yet difficult, core exercises. First, you have to start off lying on your stomach on a flat surface. Then, lift your body up off the floor using only your forearms and your toes. Make sure to keep your body in a controlled and straight position, maintaining your elbows at a 90-degree angle.

  • “Make a V”

    Begin this exercise by lying flat on the floor. This exercise, much like the plank, is also very simple and challenging. Bend your body at the waist, and raise your arms and legs in order to form a “V” shape. You must remember to maintain straight arms and legs, and try and hold this position for as long as you are able.

  • Bicycles

    This exercise is done on the floor. First, raise your legs up to a 90-degree angle. When you are in position, begin to crunch your body inward, alternating bringing your left elbow to your right knee, and your right elbow to your left knee. Make sure to make these movements slow and purposeful in order to get the maximum workout.

  • Windmills

    You can imagine this workout as the slow windshield wiper movement for your car. Begin in a flat, lying down position, and then extend and raise both of your legs to be perpendicular to the floor. Move your legs slowly to one side while still keeping your shoulders and back to the floor, and then bring them up again. Then, move your legs slowly to the other side in the same motion, and continue these movements in a slow and controlled manner.

  • Arm and Leg Raise

    To start things off with this exercise, get on your hands and knees on the floor (make sure to have your knees below your hips and your wrists below your shoulders). First, raise your left arm to be level with your shoulder, and raise your right leg to the height of your hip. It is important to extend your arms and legs out, and be sure to make these movements slowly and purposefully. Repeat this motion with alternating arms and legs.

  • All of these exercises can be catered to your personal workout experience. It is important, however, to make each workout consistent. Do a specific amount of repetitions of the exercise within a certain time frame, or select a predetermined time limit to how long you hold each workout. Whatever you decide to do, make sure to do it safely and have fun.

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