Core Exercises With Touching Your Knee to Your Elbow

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Certain core exercises require you to master the art of touching your knee to your elbow in a very particular way. Learn about core exercises that involve touching your knee to your elbow with help from a fitness expert and certified personal trainer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kristy Lee Wilson. I am a personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist. You can visit my website at www.kristywilson.com. Today, I'm going to show you a few core exercises that involve bringing your knee to your elbows. So the first exercise we're going to do is just a regular mountain climber. So we want to start in a plank position. You want to make sure that the shoulders are directly over the hands. A big mistake people make is having their shoulders way back behind the hands. So make sure the shoulders are forward. Start in a plank position, core is engaged, tummy is not down, it's up. You want to bring the knee in towards the elbow as far as you can. Really tilt that pelvis and contract the abs. Come out, switch sides, bring that other leg in, make sure you tilt the pelvis. That will really help engage the abs. Try to touch your knee to the elbow. For this you want to do about 20 repetitions, 3 sets. This second exercise we're going to do is the popular bicycle crunch. Now you're going to be on your back. This exercise involves you bringing the elbow across to the knee. So it's really targeting the obliques and the abs. To make this exercise most effective, instead of just bringing the elbow to the knee, you want to try and bring that shoulder across to the opposite hip. That's going to give you a much better contraction and work the abs a lot better. The next exercise we're going to do is a variation of the Mountain Climber. So it's going to be a twisting mountain climber to get more into the obliques, the side of the abs. Same thing. You want to be in a plank position, shoulders directly over the hands. This time you're going to bring the opposite knee across to that opposite elbow. Switch bringing that knee in as far as you can, really try to touch that elbow. Keeping the shoulders forward trying to get that knee as close as you can to the elbow to make sure that those obliques are really being engaged. I'm Kristy Lee Wilson, and I just showed you a few exercises for the core, that you can do, that involved bringing your knees to your elbows.

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