5 Moves For Your Strongest Core Ever

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Five moves. Zero equipment. There really is no excuse not to get the strongest, most toned waistline of your life!

1. Reach for the Stars

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Muscles worked: Core, back, glutes, quads, full body.

Reps: 2 sets of 10

Start on your back, lift your upper and lower body off the mat as you push your abdominals down toward your spine, so your back is flat on the mat. Now roll up as you reach your hands toward your feet and hold as you balance for a second; spinal roll down slowly to starting position.

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2. Window Washer

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Muscles worked: core, shoulders, thighs, glutes, hamstrings, full body.

Reps: 3 sets of 10 on each side.

Start in the perfect plank position. Let one foot rest on the top of the other as you cross your legs. Now lift the leg as you swing it toward your shoulder and tap it on the floor. Let it sit; now lift the leg again and take it back to starting position. Repeat and then swap to the other side.

3. Australian Twist

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Muscles worked: core, quads, obliques, chest, and shoulders.

Reps: Side to side is 1 rep. Do 30 reps.

Sitting upright, place a 10-pound weight in your hands. Make a C-curve with your spine and lift your legs. Twist your torso side to side while holding the weight, twisting your lower body in the opposite direction. Repeat.

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4. Oblique Crunch

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Muscles worked: core, obliques, shoulders, and chest.

Reps: 2 sets of 10 on each side.

Start in the perfect plank position, wrists underneath shoulders. Lift one leg off and hold. Bend that knee and pull into your waist as you crunch in your oblique. Kick the leg back to its starting position. Repeat on the same side and then swap.

5. Scissor Split

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Lie on your back. Curl your head and shoulders off the mat and hover your legs a few inches off the ground. Reach your hands toward your feet and lift one leg to the sky, bending your knees slightly as you alternate your legs in a scissors motion, pulling your abdominals toward your spine. Complete 30 reps on each side.

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