Quick core

Increasing your core strength will reduce your risk of pain and injury and improve your ability to undertake daily tasks with ease. When completing these exercises, focus on good technique and stop if you experience lower back pain.

If you have been inactive for a while, have heart disease, a close relative with heart disease, any other major health problems, injuries or are pregnant, please check with your GP, an Accredited Exercise Physiologist or other health professional before following this workout.

Quick core

1. Donkey kicks

Donkey kicks
  1. Position self on forearms and knees
  2. Keeping core tight, kick 1 leg backwards into the air
  3. Bend knee to bring leg back down and the knee toward your chest

2. Press and plank

Press and plank
  1. Start in a modified side­plank, knees bent
  2. Hold a filled water bottle in your right hand, right elbow bent  and weight resting against your forearm
  3. Lift your hips so your body is straight from knees to shoulders,  pressing water bottle up to the ceiling

3. Supine bridge with leg extension

Supine bridge with leg extension
  1. Lie on back, knees bent and feet on floor, arms elevated above your head
  2. Lift hips up off the ground so that your knees, hips and shoulders are in a straight diagonal line
  3. Holding hips level, lift one foot off the ground 1-2 inches and slowly place down again and repeat with alternate leg
  4. Keep core muscles tight throughout the entire movement

4. Russian twist

Russian twist
  1. Sit on floor, knees bent and feet on the floor
  2. Keep your back at a 45-degree angle, arms extended with palms together
  3. Move the arms from one side to another in a twisting motion

5. Contralateral limb raises

Contralateral limb raises
  1. Lie on your stomach with the arms outstretched and palms facing one another
  2. Slowly lift one arm a few inches off the floor, keeping it straight without rotating the shoulders
  3. Simultaneously lift the leg of the other side
  4. Hold the position, then lower the arm and leg back down

6. Mountain climber twists

Mountain climber twists
  1. Start on your hands and toes
  2. Bending at the knee, bring your left knee forward directly under your chest while keeping your right leg straight
  3. Quickly alternate legs while keeping your core muscles tight

7. Three way crunches

Three way crunches
  1. Lie on back, knees bent and feet hooked over each other
  2. Perform a sequence of 3 crunches: firstly crunch to bring right elbow toward left knee, secondly crunch straight upwards, finally crunch to bring left elbow toward right knee
  3. Repeat this sequence

8. Dead bugs

Dead bugs
  1. Lie on back with arms extended upwards and knees bent at 90degrees with feet in the air
  2. Drop your arm and leg on the opposite side and make sure your leg doesn’t touch the floor
  3. Bring them slowly back up to starting position and repeat with opposite side

9. Sprinter sit-up

Sprinter sit-up
  1. Lie on back with the legs straight and arms by your side, elbows bent at a 90-degree angle
  2. Sit up, bringing the left knee toward the right elbow
  3. Lower back down to starting position