Lean, Mean & Quarantined #6: Core Crush!

Lean, Mean & Quarantined #6 -Core Crush!
In our Lean, Mean & Quarantined series, we’re giving you exercises you can do at home using everyday household items! Each blog will be focused on one individual muscle group, to give you a full-body workout – no equipment needed! 

For the last blog in this Lean, Mean & Quarantined series, we turn to the ever-important, often-overlooked core muscles! If you haven’t heard already (and if you haven’t, where have you been hiding??) the core is where it’s at: a strong midsection can lead to better balance, posture, and lower back strength, not to mention preventing injuries! Since every gym hasn’t opened up just yet, let’s take a look at the five best core exercises that you can do from home – no equipment required! 

Towel Plank Tuckup

towel iconHere’s a terrific core exercise that’s sure to get that belly burning! Unlike some of the other exercises in this workout, this one actually requires a hard, somewhat slippery surface to work on. 

What you’ll need: medium-sized towel

  • Start off with your arms placed below you, arms slightly wider than shoulder-width apart
  • Keep your feet behind you and your back flat – with a towel beneath your toes
  • Slide your feet forward and bring the towel under your hips
  • Slide back out to starting position
  • Repeat 5 reps, 3 times
Soup Can Plank

soup can imageHere’s a clever twist on the classic plank move – instead of just a normal, static plank motion, we get creative with our balance, strength, and stability with the aid of a handy little soup can! 

What you’ll need: soup can

  • Start off in plank position, with your elbows directly under your shoulders and your feet balanced on your toes
  • Keep the soup can in front of you, about a foot in front of your hands
  • Reach forward with the right hand, move the soup can to directly under your belly button
  • Reach back with the left hand and place the soup can back to starting position
  • Continue with opposite side
  • Repeat 10 reps, 3 sets 
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Oblique Twist

bag of riceThis oblique twist acts as a mini super set – switching the work from side to side, yet always engaging your core. You can play with the weight, but we suggest going a little heavier. 

What you’ll need: gallon of milk, or bag of rice

  • Sit down with your feet flat on the floor in front of you
  • Grasp your weight and hold it to your chest
  • Slowly lift your feet while you lean back, creating a ‘V’ shape with your body
  • Move the weight to your right and left side, alternating back and forth
  • Repeat for 3 sets of 15 reps
Seated Flutter Kick

chair imageThe beauty of at-home core workouts is that you’re typically doing very little movement, while your midsection has a very silent screaming fit! This flutter kick is no exception – you don’t look like you’re doing anything, but you really, really are. And your core will thank you.

What you’ll need: a firm, comfortable chair

  • Sitting on the chair, grasp the seat below you with both hands
  • Slowly lift up both legs in front of you, as high as you can
  • Begin to flutter your feet, one foot on top of the other and vice versa
  • Repeat for 20 reps for 3 sets
Walking Lunge with Twist

gallon of juice imageOk we gotta warn you, this one’s a bit more complicated. But if you’ve made it this far, we know you can totally crush this! In addition to a super-strong core workout, this one will also work your legs at the same time. Since this is our last exercise in our at-home core workout routine, let’s make this one count! 

What you’ll need: paint can or gallon of milk

  • Holding your weight with both hands at chest level, step forward into a lunge
  • As you step forward onto your right foot, twist your body to the left side
  • Return to starting position
  • Alternate sides
  • Try 2 sets of 20 lunges

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