Can I make a confession? I used to hate doing core exercises. Crazy right? Aren’t women just supposed to do abs and cardio all the time? Ew, no. No, no, no, no, no. Women (and men) can benefit from all components of fitness. Cardio, strength training, balance, flexibility, etc., all play a huge role in training your body to operate at its best.
Needless to say, core strength is now one of my top priorities. And that’s not just because everyone wants that awesome six-pack. But because your core needs to be strong in order to support all other movements. It is necessary for balance and stability. If you’re ever wondering where to start in a weight training program, start with your core, then work your way out to your extremities (arms, and legs). Oh, and by the way, the abdominal muscles are not the only muscles in your core. In fact, if you only focus on your abs without training the rest of your core, it can lead to muscular imbalances that cause injuries, especially lower back pain. Your core exercises should be working the muscles in your abs (including the deep ones), back, hips, and pelvis.
Now that you know why working your core is important, I’ll explain why I combined core work and cardio in the same workout. It’s pretty groundbreaking science, really. For many of us, the stomach area is where we carry any extra fat that covers our six-pack. Getting our heart rate up while working our core is just the bonus that gives faster results.
Here it is:
15 sec Tuck Jumps
30 sec Push-Ups
45 sec Glute Bridges
60 sec Plank
45 sec Bicycles
30 sec Mountain Climbers
15 sec Burpees
Rest one minute, then repeat 2-4 times.