Today is sort of a rest day for me, i.e. no running or spin class, but I still like to keep my body moving so I plan to walk the bridges with my brother who is in town visiting for a few days. I also decided to do this core workout as I am really focusing on trying to tighten them back up after my twin pregnancy. Here's the core workout I am doing today, taken from Elisabeth Hasselbeck's workout which was featured in Oxygen magazine. I did one set of each exercise in order without rest but rested for a minute between each circuit. I completed 3 circuits. I tried to really focus on keeping my navel pulled to my spine through each exercise. I'm really focusing on the mind-muscle connection. It was a killer core workout. I challenge you to try it out!
1. Single-legged bridge (targets glutes and abdominals) Do both legs! This one felt easiest to me. Maybe because it was the first exercise. I was able to do 15 reps with each leg.
2. Side Plank with Scissor (targets abdominals, obliques, leg adductors a.k.a. outer thighs) In a side plank position, support your weight on your forearm and rest your top foot on a step. Keep your body straight while slowly raising your bottom leg to cross it in front of your top leg. Hold, then lower to starting position. Be sure to repeat on the other side. This was the hardest for me. I was only able to get 8 reps on the first circuit and 6 reps on the last 2 circuits. I'm hoping I'll get stronger with this one in time.
3. Plank with Leg raise (targets abdominals, glutes) Work both sides evenly. You don't want to be lopsided. I love this one. It's a nice variation of the plank. I did 12 reps on each leg for all 3 circuits.
4. Reverse Plank with Leg Raise (targets abdominals, hip flexors) Be sure to alternate legs with each repetition. I did 10 reps with each leg for all 3 circuits. I'm hoping I get stronger with this one too.
I have my work cut out for me in terms of improving my core strength but I know this killer workout will help.