Knowhow-Now Article

Core Exercises That Really Work

What are the best core exercises? It’s probably not what you think. Yes, crunches do work, but they should only be a small part of your routine.

Many spend their entire workout session doing 100s of crunches and virtually nothing else. This movement only targets a small part of your abs. To get a full workout you have to incorporate more exercises.

So which are the best? Here are four you can start with:

#1) The Bicycle

Tip: If you want to build muscle mass, do not get rid of good fats in your diet. Good fats are critical for muscles to grow.

This is one of the most effective for burning fat. For this you start with your back on the floor, like with many core exercises. Keep your knees at a right angle and your shoulders raised above the ground.

Make sure your hands are behind your head to stay stabilized. But don’t pull because this might cause neck problems.

Tip: Work on improving your bicep curls. In a typical bicep curl, you don't get a lot of benefit from the top of the curl due to moving your dumbbell or bar beyond the parallel part.

Then raise your knees to a forty five degree angle and gradually begin pedalling as you would a bike. Make sure to move your right knee upward towards your opposite elbow until they are touching. At the same time extend the other leg.

Then just do this on the left side as well. Extending this far ensures you get the full benefit. Just start out with a small number of repetitions and slowly work your way up. This is one of the best methods for getting six pack abs.

#2) Windmill

In this exercise you begin standing with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Keep your arms at your side. Hold a weight in your right hand for resistance.

Then lift your right arm higher than your head, while maintaining your ninety degree angle with your elbow. Your left arm should still be in its original position.

From there, shift your left foot outward at forty five degrees. Make sure to keep your eyes upward towards the ceiling during the exercise.

Tip: Include carbohydrates in your diet if you wish to build your muscle mass. Carbohydrates are crucial for maintaining the necessary amount of energy you will need during your workout routine.

Then bend over at the hip and attempt to touch your left foot with your hand while maintaining the ninety degree angle with your right arm. Then go the other way. You might not be able to reach your foot at first, but eventually you will.

#3) Bicycle Crunch

Assume the classic crunch position. Then raise your knees to roughly forty five degrees and begin to pedal as if riding a bike.

As you are going through this, try and touch your left elbow with the opposite knee. Then do it the other way as well. You should really feel this one in the abs when done correctly.

#4) The captains chair

For this one you will need some sort of device at hand level to hold yourself above the ground. Most gyms have exercise machines that are designed for this.

Tip: Consume lots of protein when you wish to build muscle. Protein is a basic ingredient from which muscles are constructed.

Lift yourself up slightly off the ground while keeping your legs hanging down. Then gradually bring your knees upwards into your abs section. Make sure you go slowly. This is another incredibly powerful workout for the midsection.


Just start out slowly with all these exercises and gradually increase you repetitions as you go. You will be amazed at your progress if you stick with it.

Order by: 
Per page:
  • There are no comments yet
   Comment Record a video comment
Related Articles
Bodyweight training exercises are almost equipment-free and can be used in any situation; for example, at the gym or in your garage at home. You will be amazed at the effectiveness of these bodyweight exercises shown on our pages.
15.09.2016 · From Editor
There's a good reason that you're not seeing your body shape up the way that you want it to. You have to follow a nutritionally sound eating plan along with an appropriate exercise program
20.04.2016 · From spanglers
Ideally personal training should include a) of course exercise b) diet and c) nutrition. It is a perfect blend of these vital measures that help you benefit from personal training. And one must f...
17.04.2016 · From seomanual
Zumba is a form of exercise that mixes body sculpting movements and dance movements focused on being easy to follow. The movements include salsa, merengue, mambo, and flamenco.
24.02.2016 · From Andrew_Facebook
One of the hardest parts of getting fit is beginning an exercise routine. The first step should always be figuring out what your goals are.
17.02.2016 · From Andrew_Facebook
Article Info
0 Subscribers
All Articles by alayalewis
Sharing Is Good!
0 votes