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Resistance Band Core Power

33 min
 · 
6 exercises
All you need is a little bit of elastic resistance today and the desire to tone that core! 
Crunches
3 sets
15 reps
60 sec rest
Crunch time!
1:00 rest
Resistance Band Glute Bridges
3 sets
12 reps
60 sec rest
Hold the top portion for a full 2 seconds!
1:00 rest
Donkey Kicks
3 sets
20 reps
60 sec rest
10 reps per leg per set!
1:00 rest
Resistance Band Clam Shells
3 sets
20 reps
60 sec rest
10 very slow reps per leg!
1:00 rest
A
Supermans
3 sets
12 reps
Complete this superset, then you're all done!
A
Hollow Body Rock Hold
3 sets
30 secs
60 sec rest
Hold it steady!
Resistance Band Core Power
33 min
 · 
6 exercises
All you need is a little bit of elastic resistance today and the desire to tone that core! 
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Crunches
3 sets
15 reps
60 sec rest
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Crunch time!
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.
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Resistance Band Glute Bridges
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Resistance Band Glute Bridges
3 sets
12 reps
60 sec rest
Set 1 of 3
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Hold the top portion for a full 2 seconds!
Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Lower Back
Secondary:
Quadriceps
  1. Lay down on an exercise mat with your feet flat on the floor and your knees pointing upwards bent at a 90 degree angle.
  2. Place a resistance band across your hips and pin it down to the ground using your hands at either side.
  3. Raise your hips upwards until a straight line is formed from your knees to your shoulders.
  4. Hold this extended position for 1 second before slowly lowering your hips down to the starting position.

Do not perform if you suffer from hypertension.

Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Abs, Lower Back
  1. Select an appropriate weight for the plate you will be using. Place it next to where you will be laying.
  2. Lay on flat on your back. Bend your knees, bringing your feet towards your hips. Bring the plate up and on to your pelvic area.
  3. Tighten your core, flatten your back, and make sure your feet are firmly on the ground. Raise your hips up, creating a straight line from your head to your knees.
  4. Slowly lower your hips and repeat the movement.
Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors, Hamstrings
Secondary:
Abs, Lower Back
  1. Lie on an exercise mat with your knees bent so that your feet are flat on the floor. Keep your back straight.
  2. Place your hands out to your sides palms flat for stability.
  3. Raise your glutes off the floor by extending your hips upward while pushing down through you heels.
  4. Continue until your back, hips and thighs are in a straight line. Hold for a count of one.
  5. Return to the start position by lowering your hips back to the floor.
  6. Pause then repeat.
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Donkey Kicks
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Donkey Kicks
3 sets
20 reps
60 sec rest
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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10 reps per leg per set!
Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors
Secondary:
Abs
  1. Position yourself on all fours on a mat.
  2. Position your hands underneath your shoulders and place your knees under your hips.
  3. Keep your right knee bent at 90 degrees and flex the foot as you lift the knee until it is level with the hip.
  4. Lower the knee without touching the floor and repeat the lift.
  5. Once you’ve completed the reps on the right leg, switch legs.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs, Lower Back
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Position yourself on all fours with knees underneath the hips and wrists under the shoulders.
  2. Engage your abs and keep your spine neutral, pulling the shoulder blades towards the hips.
  3. Lengthen the left leg until it is straight out and in line with your hips while simultaneously raising and straightening your right arm until it is parallel to the floor. Keep your head and shoulders aligned at all times.
  4. Gently lower your arm and leg back to the starting position and alternate with the other arm and leg.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Lie face down on a flat bench with your hips on the edge of the bench. Fully extend your legs and raise your feet up from the floor so that they are in line with your body .
  2. Place your arms on top of the bench, using them to hold on to the front edge of the bench for stability.
  3. Squeeze your glutes and hamstrings and straighten your legs until they are level with your hips. This is the start position.
  4. Start the exercise by raising you left leg higher than your right leg.
  5. Then lower the left leg as you lift the right leg and so on.
  6. Alternate in this manner  until you have done all repetitions for each leg.

When performing this exercise, breathe normally. As your strength increases, you can add ankle weights.

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Resistance Band Clam Shells
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Resistance Band Clam Shells
3 sets
20 reps
60 sec rest
Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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10 very slow reps per leg!
Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Place a resistance band around your knees
  2. Lay sidewise on an exercise mat with your knees, together, pointing forwards and bent at a 90 degree angle.
  3. Keeping your feet in a fixed position, lift your upper knee about 8 – 10 inches away from your lower knee.
  4. Hold this extended position for 1 second before slowly lowering your knee back to its starting position.

Do not perform if you have had recent knee injuries.

Secondary:
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. On a mat or comfortable surface, lie on your left side. Place your left hand behind your head while placing your right hand across your body.
  2. Bend your stacked knees so that your feet are behind you. Begin the movement by lifting the right knee up while keeping the feet together.
  3. Pause at the top of the movement and slowly lower your right knee down to the starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Glutes & Hip Flexors
  1. Lie on your right side on top of a yoga mat or other soft surface.
  2. Brace your core and make sure your body is in a straight line. Keep your right hand on the ground and your left hand on your hip.
  3. Slowly lift the left leg into the air, keeping it straight during the exercise.
  4. Slowly lower your left leg. Complete the set then repeat with the other leg.
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Superset A - Supermans, Hollow Body Rock Hold
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Supermans
A
3 sets
12 reps
Superset A • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
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Complete this superset, then you're all done!
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.
Hollow Body Rock Hold
A
3 sets
30 secs
60 sec rest
Superset A • Set 1 of 3
Rest before next set
Get ready
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Hold it steady!
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Lie down on a padded surface. Have your arms extended above your head with your feet straight out in front of you. Point the toes down and forward.
  2. Begin the movement by contracting the core. Simultaneously, move the hands and feet up. Keep the legs and arms straight.
  3. With your gaze straight ahead, bring your chest and legs off of the ground, focusing all of the tension in your core. Hold this position for as long as you can. Afterward, slowly return to the starting position.
Primary muscle group(s):
Abs
  1. Get into a face down position on the floor supporting your upper body on your forearms. Your elbows should be bent at 90 degrees.
  2. Extend your legs straight out behind you, supporting them on your toes and balls of your feet.
  3. Keep your body in a straight line by tightening your abdominal and oblique muscles.
  4. Hold for as long as possible.

For extra balance training and core strengthening, you can lift one arm or leg.

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