Plank up + down This exercise is fantastic for strengthening your shoulders and core strength. Sarah Lawrence shows us how.The goal is to maintain a solid plank position throughout the whole exercise and to not let your hips sway.Starting on your elbows and toes, or for Level 1, on your knees, engage your core before you start. Keep your hips as still as possible, push up with one hand then the other until you are propped up in a push-up position.Lower back down to your elbows one arm at a time. Halfway through, change your leading arm so you strengthen the other shoulder as you press up to your hands.NEXT: Advanced plank variations>>
Want a gorgeous, toned bum? Here are the best exercises for your glutes and thighs.Donkey kicksStarting on your hands and knees, keeping your core tight and back flat, raise 1 leg and keeping knee at 90 degrees. Push that leg as high as you can in the air and lower back down, repeat for 12 reps, then switch legs.Aim for 4 sets of 12 reps.Model: Sara Fennell; Photo credit: Jamie Watling Photography
Sculpt your core with this five move core workout by January 2018 cover model Tiffiny Hall.GEAR: none!GO: 20 seconds’ work, 10 seconds’ rest, 4–6 rounds (push yourself!)1. V-snap to push-up with a sexy rollWhat a move! This exercise works your whole body, focusing on your core and adding a cardio twist. We all know we can’t spot-reduce fat, so it makes sense to combine a core-strengthening exercise with full-body function movements to burn calories, right?» First up, the V-snap.
A strong core will support everything else you do, but when most people think of core they only think of abs. Head trainer Alexa Towersey and Jenna Douros show us how to build up your core.The core includes all of the abs (deep and superficial) in addition to the muscles of the hips and lower back. These four exercises are designed to target as much of the core as possible.