Alternative Exercises to Crunches for a Solid Core Workout

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While developing a strong core is vital for your daily functioning, doing classic core workouts such as crunches can get boring. Here are some alternative exercises to crunches that are sure to give you a solid core workout.

Single-Arm Press

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and hold a dumbbell in your right hand while you extend your left arm out. Hold the dumbbell near your right shoulder and burst upward. Once you’ve done 10 reps, switch sides.

Side Plank Hip Dips

Flip on your side with your lower arm lying flat on the floor with the elbow parallel to your knee. Extend your feet and ensure that there is a straight line from your feet to your head. Engage your core and lift your hips up before lowering back down.

Glute Bridge March

Lie on your back and bend your knees while keeping your feet flat on the floor. keep your back flat and arms on the floor as you lift your hips. Brace your core and hold the position, while lifting one knee up until your leg is at a 90-degree angle. Return to the start and do the same with your other leg. Once you get used to this exercise, you can make it more challenging by putting your feet on a balancing ball.