Exercises for a Rock Solid Core

Training your core means 2 things: a six pack toned to the max, and better posture. Here are some exercises that zero in on achieving both.

- Situps
A classic move to build a solid core. Lie on the floor with your knees bent and facing upwards. Place your hands behind your head and slowly sit up so your chest is touching your knees. Pause and slowly return to the starting position.

- Crunches
Lie on the floor with your knees bent, facing upwards. Place your hands behind your head. Slowly roll upwards so you are almost half way from doing a complete situp. At the same time, bring your legs upwards to your knees are over the centre of your abs. Hold this position for 5 seconds, feeling an intense burn, then return to the starting position.

- Hanging Leg Raises
Grab a pullup bar with a wide underhand grip. Lean back slightly and draw your knees up towards your chest in a controlled manor, keeping them locked together during the entire move. Hold this position for 5 seconds and then return to the starting position.

- Sly Stallone Broomstick Twists
Here is a exercise created by Sly himself, which he used to get a perfect set of abs and a rock solid core in the Rambo and Rocky movies. Set an incline bench with ankle supports to 45 degrees. Sit upright on the bench, making sure your feet are secure under the supports. Grab a broomstick and hold it behind your head or across your shoulders, supported by your outstretched arms. Twist left and right on the axis of the stick. You should feel an intense burn in your core.

- Plank
Assume the classic pressup position, then move down so you are resting on your elbows with your arms bend and forearms in line with your legs. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Once you find that easy, progress to 1 minute or more.

- Pressup Plank
Get into the classic pressup position, with your elbows locked. Tense your abs and get ready for some pain. Hold this position for 30 seconds without lifting your bottom up to make it easier. Once you can hold it for 30 seconds, progress to a minute or more.

Check out our other workout routines that will build muscle in no time:

Exercises for Big Arms
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Exercises for a Monster Back
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Exercises for Boulder Shoulders


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