If you loathe heading to the mat after a workout to bang out crunches, try incorporating core exercises throughout your workout. You can do this through supersets or compound exercises that work your core and other areas of the body at the same time.
In addition to performing targeted abdominal exercises, focusing on engaging your core while exercising can not only strengthen these muscles, it can also stabilize and enhance the form and safety of whatever exercise you are performing. When it comes to heavy or Olympic lifting, engaging the core is extremely important.
Here’s an example of a workout where I incorporated core exercises into an upper body workout using supersets:
- 3X10 Dumbbell chest press
—superset with 20 flat bench lying leg raises
- 3X10 Dumbbell incline chest press
- 3X10 Dumbbell decline chest fly
—superset with 15 decline sit-ups
- 3X10 Bent over EZ bar rows
- 3X10 Seated low cable row
—superset with 20 alternating renegade rows (dumbbell row while in a plank)
- 3X10 Cable lat pulldowns
How do you like to incorporate core exercises into your workout? Share in the comments below!
3X10=3 sets of 10 reps
A superset is when you perform one exercise right after the other without resting. A superset of 3X10 means 3 sets of 10 reps of each of the exercises.
For guidance and instruction on proper and safe performance of an exercise, consult with an exercise professional.