I hope you’ve all been enjoying my two 5-moves in 5-minutes core workouts (Core Workout 1 and Core Workout 2). I’ve been doing them pretty religiously (alternating between them, for the most part) for ages. For me, it’s not so much about having a flat stomach and killer abs (although both would be great) as having a strong core that enables me to do whatever I want to do without having to deal with lower-back pain/injuries.
Anyway, I periodically come across additional core exercises that I try out and really like – so I figure it’s time to add a new workout to my regimen!
I was at my daughter’s dance school a few weeks ago, arriving to pick her up just a little bit early. Stretch class was still on, and her instructors have graciously allowed me to participate in stretch class when I’m around (my daughter kind of hates this – “none of the other mom’s do stretch!”). I love the stretching – I never seem to take the time to do it quite this well when I’m at home.
Anyway, at the end of class, this time, we finished off with a brutal core trio:
- 50 crunches, followed by
- 2 minutes front-plank, followed by
- 200 ‘bicycles’
Interestingly, it appeared that none of the girls in the class had every actually ridden a bicycle, based on the strange, non-bicycle-like moves most of them did during this.
By the end, I was feeling like I’d worked a little. The next day, on the other hand, it was clear that I’d worked a lot! My abs were sore, and my ribs were incredibly tender! So – give this trio a shot – let me know what you think.