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30-Min Power! Afternoon Core Supersets

27 min
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8 exercises
Here we go with some further supersets! This time, we're working that core! No rest until both exercises in each superset are complete.
Mountain Climbers
3 sets
30 secs
30 sec rest
Let's get warmed up with some steady mountain climbers!
0:30 rest
A
Crunches
3 sets
15 reps
Try to make these controlled and slow. Tense your abs with each rep!
A
Lying Leg Raises
3 sets
15 reps
45 sec rest
Onto those lower abs for a punishing!
1:00 rest
B
Dead Bug
3 sets
20 reps
Lower and raise each leg 10 times per set. You've got this!
B
Supermans
3 sets
15 reps
45 sec rest
Flex that back!
1:00 rest
C
Side Plank
3 sets
30 secs
This is on the right side only!
C
Side Plank
3 sets
30 secs
This is on the left side only!
1:00 rest
Reverse Crunch
1 sets
50 reps
Finish these in your own time, push it!
30-Min Power! Afternoon Core Supersets
27 min
 · 
8 exercises
Here we go with some further supersets! This time, we're working that core! No rest until both exercises in each superset are complete.
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Mountain Climbers
3 sets
30 secs
30 sec rest
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Let's get warmed up with some steady mountain climbers!
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Chest, Shoulders
  1. Place your hands flat on the floor, shoulder width apart.
  2. Extend your torso and legs fully behind you with only your toes and balls of your feet touching the floor.
  3. Your body should be in a straight line, with your weight supported on your hands and toes only.
  4. Starting with either leg, flex your knee and hip at the same time to bring your knee up and under your hip. Your other leg should remain fully extended. This is the start position.
  5. Using an explosive movement, reverse the position of your legs, by extending the bent leg back and simultaneously flexing the straight leg until it is in the startposition.
  6. Continue alternating in this manner for the desire amount of time.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Begin jogging in place, lifting the knees as high as you can.
  2. Try to lift your knees up to hip level but keep the core tight to support your back.
  3. For a more advanced move, hold your hands straight at hip level and try to touch the knees to your hands as you lift them.
  4. Bring the knees towards your hands instead of reaching the hands to the knees!
Primary muscle group(s):
Obliques
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Assume a push-up position. Core is tight. Back is flat. Hands are underneath the shoulders. Head is in neutral position.
  2. Bring one knee up towards your chest and twist towards the opposing elbow. (Ex: Right knee to left elbow.)
  3. Contract the core and return the leg to the starting position.
  4. Alternate between legs.
Rest
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Superset A - Crunches, Lying Leg Raises
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Crunches
A
3 sets
15 reps
Superset A • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Try to make these controlled and slow. Tense your abs with each rep!
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Lie flat on your back with your feet flat on the ground, with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Alternatively, you can place your feet up on a bench a few inches apart with your toes turned inwards and touching.
  2. Place your hands lightly on either side of your head.
  3. Keep your elbows in  so that they are parallel to your body.
  4. Push your back down flat into the floor to isolate your abdominal muscles.
  5. Gently curl your shoulders forward and up off the floor.
  6. Continue to push down into the floor with your lower back.
  7. Raise your shoulders about four to six inches only.
  8. Hold and squeeze your abdominal muscles for a count of one.
  9. Return to the start position in a smooth movement.
Primary muscle group(s):
Obliques
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Lie on an exercise mat, with your back flat, knees bent and your feet flat on the floor slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  2. Fully extend your arms down the side of your body, palms facing in. This is the start position.
  3. Exhaling, crunch your torso forward and to the right until you can touch your right heel with your right hand. Hold for a count of one.
  4. Return to the starting position smooth motion, inhaling as you do so.
  5. Repeat the movement, this time to your left side.
  6. When you have completed the movement on both sides, you have done one repetition.
  7. Repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Lay on a yoga/exercise mat or towel with your back flat on the floor and your legs straight and in the air with the soles of your feet facing up.
  2. Outstretch your arms above your chest so that they run parallel to your legs.
  3. Lifting your shoulders off the floor, reach up and touch your toes with your fingertips.
  4. Lower your shoulders back to the floor to complete one rep.
Lying Leg Raises
A
3 sets
15 reps
45 sec rest
Superset A • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Onto those lower abs for a punishing!
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie on your back on a mat with hands under your lower buttocks on either side to support your pelvis.
  2. Legs straight out in front of you, ankles together and feet slightly off the floor.
  3. Keep your knees straight and raise your legs by flexing the hips until they are completely flexed.
  4. Return to starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Lie on a mat with your hands under your buttocks and raise your legs slightly, keeping knees straight and ankles together.
  2. Keep abs engaged and perform short kicks in an alternating fashion.
  3. Repeat as needed and then lower legs to the ground.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie flat with hands under your buttocks.
  2. Keep your knees together and pull them in towards you while moving your torso towards them (lift your head, neck and shoulders up).
  3. Hold and then slowly return to starting position.
Rest
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Superset B - Dead Bug, Supermans
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Dead Bug
B
3 sets
20 reps
Superset B • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Lower and raise each leg 10 times per set. You've got this!
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Lie on your back. Extend hands straight above towards the ceiling. Bring your knees up to a 90-degree angle. Shins should be parallel to the floor. Exhale and bring hips off the floor.
  2. Begin by extending one leg forward. The foot should be hovering just above the ground.
  3. Pause then return the leg to it’s starting position while extending the opposing leg. Keep alternating legs while maintaining a tight core.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Quadriceps
  1. Lie flat on an exercise mat on the floor keeping your lower back straight with no arching of your spine and with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
  2. Place your hands lightly on the sides of your head.
  3. Curl your torso upwards so your shoulders are slightly raised off the floor..
  4. Raise your knees until your thighs are at a right angle to the floor and your calves are parallel to the floor. This is the start position.
  5. Slowly move your legs in a pedaling action as if you are riding a bicycle.
  6. As you do so, exhale and bring your opposing elbow close to each knee by crunching to one side. Left elbow to right knee. Right elbow to left knee.
  7. After each crunch, return to the start position inhaling as you do so.
  8. Without pausing, repeat the movement to the other side.
  9. Repeat without pausing for the desired number of repetitions to each side.

Do not use your hands to pull your head and neck up during this exercise. Doing so may cause injury. Concentrate on a slow rhythmic cycle from side to side with perfect form for each repetition.

Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Lie flat on an exercise mat, extending your arms straight back behind your head.
  2. Fully extend your legs also. This is the start position.
  3. Bend at your waist and at the same time, raise your legs and arms to meet in a closed jackknife position. Exhale as you do this.
  4. At this point, your legs should remain fully extended at between 35-45 degrees from the floor.
  5. Your arms should be fully extended, parallel to your legs.
  6. Your upper body should be raised off the floor.
  7. Return to the start position by lowering your arms and legs back to the floor, exhaling as you do so.
  8. Repeat.
Supermans
B
3 sets
15 reps
45 sec rest
Superset B • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Flex that back!
Primary muscle group(s):
Lower Back
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Lie face down on a mat, with your arms fully extended above your head and your legs fully extended behind you.
  2. Lift your chest, arms and legs off the floor by arching your back. Only the tops of your quads and your lower abdomen should be in contact with the floor.
  3. Hold for a count of 2 while squeezing your abdominals and obliques.
  4. Return to the starting position for a count of one, then repeat.

This exercise can be done using one arm and it's opposite leg at a time. For example, right arm and left leg raised while your left arm and right leg remain on the floor. This method of execution allows you to use the free hand to push down on the floor to lift your chest higher from the ground.

Primary muscle group(s):
Lower Back
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings
  1. Lie face down on a hyper extension bench with your upper thighs and lower hips on the support pad. You must be able to bend at the waist freely.
  2. Lock your ankles under the footpads.
  3. Start with your body in a straight line head to toe.
  4. Place your arms across your chest, behind or at the side of your head.
  5. Slowly bend forward by relacing your, back and abdominal muscles.
  6. Continue as far as possible without rounding your back or raising your thighs from the support pad. You should feel a slight stretch in your hamstrings.Hold for a count of one.
  7. Return to the start position by contracting your back and abdominal muscles until your body is once again straight. Do not arch your back up at the end of the movement. Pause and repeat.

As your strength and flexibility increase, you can hold a weight plate against your chest for extra resistance.

Primary muscle group(s):
Lower Back
  1. Lie prone on a swiss ball with your feet hip width apart. You can place your feet against a wall for better stability. Clasp your hands behind your head with elbows pointing out.
  2. Engage your abs and raise your torso off the ball, hyperextending your spine.
  3. Return your torso to the ball to the starting position.
Rest
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Superset C - Side Plank, Side Plank
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Side Plank
C
3 sets
30 secs
Superset C • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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This is on the right side only!
Primary muscle group(s):
Obliques
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Lie on your side on an exercise mat.
  2. Fully extend your legs with one resting on top of the other.
  3. Fully extend the top arm down the side of your body.
  4. Bend the arm at floor level to 90 degrees. Your upper arm should be parallel to your body, while your forearm is at 90 degrees. This is the start position.
  5. Lift your body off the ground and balance on your forearm and the side of your foot, while keeping your body in a straight line.
  6. Contract your abdominal muscles and relax your shoulders.
  7. Continue breathing throughout the whole exercise.
  8. Hold this position for as long as you can.
  9. Relax and change sides.
  10. Repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
  1. Kneel on a yoga/exercise mat or towel with your feet out behind you.
  2. Slowly lower yourself down to one side and ground your elbow and forearm so that it runs perpendicular to your body.
  3. Embrace your core and hold this modified side plank for the designated amount of time.
  4. Perform the same movement on the other side!
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
Secondary:
Shoulders
  1. With a Bosu ball round side up, place your forearm onto the center of the ball.
  2. Stretch out your legs to a fully extended position and place your feet on the side, one on top of the other.
  3. Use you core and upper legs to lift your body into the side plank position.
  4. Remain in this position for the designated time with your hand either on your hip, or by your side.

 

 

 

Side Plank
C
3 sets
30 secs
Superset C • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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This is on the left side only!
Primary muscle group(s):
Obliques
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Lie on your side on an exercise mat.
  2. Fully extend your legs with one resting on top of the other.
  3. Fully extend the top arm down the side of your body.
  4. Bend the arm at floor level to 90 degrees. Your upper arm should be parallel to your body, while your forearm is at 90 degrees. This is the start position.
  5. Lift your body off the ground and balance on your forearm and the side of your foot, while keeping your body in a straight line.
  6. Contract your abdominal muscles and relax your shoulders.
  7. Continue breathing throughout the whole exercise.
  8. Hold this position for as long as you can.
  9. Relax and change sides.
  10. Repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
  1. Kneel on a yoga/exercise mat or towel with your feet out behind you.
  2. Slowly lower yourself down to one side and ground your elbow and forearm so that it runs perpendicular to your body.
  3. Embrace your core and hold this modified side plank for the designated amount of time.
  4. Perform the same movement on the other side!
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
Secondary:
Shoulders
  1. With a Bosu ball round side up, place your forearm onto the center of the ball.
  2. Stretch out your legs to a fully extended position and place your feet on the side, one on top of the other.
  3. Use you core and upper legs to lift your body into the side plank position.
  4. Remain in this position for the designated time with your hand either on your hip, or by your side.

 

 

 

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Reverse Crunch
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Reverse Crunch
1 sets
50 reps
Set 1 of 1
Rest before next set
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Finish these in your own time, push it!
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Lie flat on an exercise mat on the floor.
  2. Extend your legs fully and place your hands palms down, flat on the floor beside you.
  3. Keeping your feet together, draw your knees up towards your chest, until your thighs are at 90 degrees to the floor and your calves are parallel to it. This is the start position.
  4. As you inhale, curl your hips up off the floor while bringing your knees further towards your chest.
  5. Continue the movement until your knees are touching your chest, or as far as comfortable.
  6. Hold for a count of one.
  7. In a controlled movement, return your legs to the start position, exhaling as you do so.
  8. Repeat.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Obliques
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  • Lie on your back on a flat bench.
  • Reach overhead and grab the top of the bench with both hands.
  • Brace your abdominal muscles.
  • Straighten your legs and lift them up. Stop when they are above parallel.
  • Contract your abdominals as you bend your knees and bring your legs up and towards the top of the bench.
  • Pause then slowly release your legs to the starting position, making sure to keep the contraction in your abdominals.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie on your back on a mat with hands under your lower buttocks on either side to support your pelvis.
  2. Legs straight out in front of you, ankles together and feet slightly off the floor.
  3. Keep your knees straight and raise your legs by flexing the hips until they are completely flexed.
  4. Return to starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Lower Back
  1. Lie flat with hands under your buttocks.
  2. Keep your knees together and pull them in towards you while moving your torso towards them (lift your head, neck and shoulders up).
  3. Hold and then slowly return to starting position.
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