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5 Core Exercises That Are More Fun Than Sit-Ups

2013-08-21 | By: Snap Fitness

Sick of sit-ups? Ready to try some new core exercieses? Here are 5 exercises that are sure to be more fun than sit-ups!


Russian Twists

Sit with knees bent, abdominals pulled in and feet lifted off the floor, Roll low back slightly toward the mat so that you are supported slightly behind your tailbone.  Hold a medicine ball or dumbbell in both hands.  Twist your upper torso side to side while keeping hips and knees level.



Wood chop

Hold a medicine ball or dumbbell with both hands while standing with your feet hip-width apart. Twist to the left and raise the weight over your left shoulder. ‘Chop’ the weight down diagonally to the outside of your right knee. Return to starting position. Complete your set numbers of reps and repeat on the other side.



Side Bend

Hold a dumbbell in one hand while standing with your feet hip-width apart. While keeping your back straight and head up, bend at the waist to one side.  Hold for a second and come back to starting position. 




The Roll Up 

Lie on your back with your legs slightly bent and arms behind your head. You can do this exercise without a weight, or hold a dumbbell, medicine ball or even stability ball.  Curl your chin to your chest, and try to roll up one vertebra at a time pulling abdominals in deeper as your go, trying to touch your toes. Roll back down one vertebra at a time to starting position.







Straight Arm Plank 

Come to the top of a push-up position and align your wrists straight below your shoulders. Keep your feet about hips' width apart and keep your heels high. Avoid an arch in your lower back by pulling your abs in and lifting your ribcage and hips. Lastly, be sure your ears are aligned over your shoulders and hold the position for as long as you can.


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