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Core Strengthening Exercises to Sculpt

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Core StrengtheningToning our midsection is the hardest thing to do especially when we’re doing the same old core strengthening routines day in and day out. What you need to do is to step up your game and exhaust those abdominal muscles to burn those stubborn fats. If you are looking for a more challenging core exercise, try the following out to really sculpt those abs.

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Spiderman plank crunch. For this exercise, you need to start in a regular plank position with you forearms on the ground and your legs straight. Bring right knee to your right elbow then go back to your first position. Do the same with your left knee to complete one rep. Alternate legs 10 times to complete one set.

Barbell squat. Adding weight to your squats can also help sculpt your abdominal muscles. You will need to stand straight with your feet at shoulder-width apart. The barbell should be placed across the back of your shoulders with ends held in an overhand grip. While keeping your back straight, bend your knees and push your hips backward to lower yourself into a squat. Push down on your feet to go back up. Do 10 to 12 reps for this exercise.

Bicycle crunch.  Here’s a classic core move that should always have a place in your workout program. Lie down with hands positioned at the back of your head. Raise your legs until they are parallel to the floor with your knees bent. Bring your left elbow to your right knee then vice versa. Keep alternating for a full minute. You can slow the pace down by counting up to two for each side to really work your abdominal muscles.

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Standing lift. If you are pressed for time, you can do the standing lift to train your obliques, arms, and even your quads for that matter. Stand with feet at hip-width apart with your hands holding a medicine ball. Engage your abs as you bend at the knees to bring the medicine ball towards your right side. As you stand up, raise the medicine ball above your left shoulder as you push your hips forward. You should do 10-12 reps on this side before switching to the left.

Cross crunch. Another core workout that will really challenge your midsection is the cross crunch. You need to lie down with your arms and legs spread to make an X-shape. Bring your right hand towards your left foot. You will need to raise your head, shoulders, and back to reach towards your left foot. Go back to your first position to complete one rep. Do 10 reps on this side first before switching to the other side.

Your abdominal muscles need to be challenged if you want to see those toned muscles to appear. With the exercises mentioned above you are sure to burn those stubborn fats away in no time.

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