Beginner's Guide to Core Workouts

Plank Hip Twisters

Works: Transverse abdominis, internal and external obliques

Plank Twists

Get into the plank position and lower your right hip to the ground while keeping your feet in place. Try to touch the ground with your hip and come back up to the start. If you can't touch the ground, go as low as possible. Repeat on other side to complete one rep. Continue to alternate sides for 30 to 60 seconds.

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Toe-Touch Curl Up

Works: Rectus Abdominis

Plank Twists

Lie on a mat and lift your feet into the air so your hips are hinged at a 90-degree angle. Curl up raising your arms toward your feet. Return to mat to complete one rep. Do this for 30 to 60 seconds.

Medicine Ball Twists

Works: Internal and external obliques

Plank Twists

Sit on a mat with your feet on the floor and a medicine ball in your hands. Lean back until your torso is at a 35- to 45-degree angle. Lift your feet slightly off the ground and rotate your torso to the right, touching the medicine ball the ground. Repeat on the left side to complete one rep. Continue to alternate sides for 30 to 60 seconds.

It's important to keep your core engaged and back straight. If your back starts to curve, place your feet on the ground.

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Jessica Sanders

Jessica Sanders is the Associate Online Editor for ReserveAmerica.com. After many years of camping and hiking in the Northeast, she's exploring what the West has to offer and sharing all of her knowledge with you. She's a s'mores master, campsite connoisseur, writer, runner and lover of all things outdoors. Follow her on Google+
Jessica Sanders is the Associate Online Editor for ReserveAmerica.com. After many years of camping and hiking in the Northeast, she's exploring what the West has to offer and sharing all of her knowledge with you. She's a s'mores master, campsite connoisseur, writer, runner and lover of all things outdoors. Follow her on Google+

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