Core Training Exercise Routines

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When building a core exercise routine, choose exercises to train different parts of the stomach, side and lower back. Train the front, side and back of the body with help from a strength and conditioning specialist in this free video on exercise and fitness tips.

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Hi I'm Ashleigh Gass, strength and conditioning specialist with Core exercise routine, what is that? Well your core basically refers to your body minus your legs and your arms. So it's the front, sides and even the back, that's your core. So when you're building a core exercise routine, you want to choose exercises that train different parts, your stomach, your sides and your lower back. So let's start with an exercise that you can do for your front and your stomach. This is a fairly basic exercise to do but it will help with lower stomach posture and it will also help with low back pain, it's called thin tummy. All I do is I take a breath in and I exhale pulling my belly button in towards my spine so I'm creating a thin tummy and you can hold that for between 5 and 10 seconds depending on your level of experience. That's one exercise. Another one is a side bridge. So I'll do a side bridge with my legs straight so I start on my forearm and my elbow, I'm going to lift my hips up off the ground so my feet and my elbow are stabilizing me. I keep my tummy tight and you'll feel this throughout the side of your stomach. So that's a side bridge and you can hold that for several second or you can do your reps a little bit faster. Now another exercise for lower back can be something very basic where I lie on my stomach, I have my forehead on my hands, thin tummy, and I just lift my leg up. You'll feel this in your bum but it also helps with low back control. So again my tummy is thin, I lift my leg straight up off the floor so I can feel my butt doing the work. I would do several reps on one side and then I would over to the other side. So again the key points there when you're building a core exercise routine is to choose exercises that train the front, the sides and the back of your body. For more resources on this, you can contact me at


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