5 Core Exercises That Do Not Require Fitness Equipment

While you've probably seen countless gimmick-centric ab tools advertised on TV, you don't need fancy equipment to build strength in your abdominals and lower back. Instead, try these 5 core exercises that do not require fitness equipment.

Here's one core exercise that looks like a piece of cake, but strengthens your entire body from head-to-toe. Come into a push up like position with your hands shoulder-width apart in alignment with your chest. Come up so that your arms are straight and your body should be in a straight line so that you're hips aren't dropping and your butt isn't in the air. Hold the position for 30-second intervals.

Bent arm side bridge
This core training exercise is another static hold. Bend your right arm and lean on your elbow. Lift the rest of your body keeping in a straight line with your left hand on your hip. Hold for 30 seconds and switch to balance on your left side.

The bicycle has been touted the best core fitness exercise for awhile - it works all of your ab muscles in one fell swoop. Lie on your back and with your hands behind your head lift your shoulder blades up off the ground. Bend your right leg towards your chest and keep your left leg long and above the ground, turn your upper body to touch your left elbow to your right knee. Switch and continue to do so as if you're riding a bicycle.

Pilates 100
Start lying on your back on the mat with your arms at your side. Lift your legs straight up to the ceiling and lower them to a 45-degree angle. Lift your head and shoulders up off the mat engaging your core. With your arms lifted off the floor, start beating them up and down in a rapid motion. Inhale for five counts and exhale for five counts with the goal of reaching a total count of 100.

Basic crunch
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head and knees bent at a 90-degree angle, legs lifted off the floor. Lift your head and shoulders up off the floor as you crunch your legs in towards your nose, lifting your butt off the ground as well. 

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Whether you want to improve your balance or develop killer abdominal muscles, core strength training is your ticket to a stronger you.

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