CARDIO CORE WORKOUT

This fun keep-you-moving cardio circuit gives your core the workout it needs to look and feel it’s best. It can be done anytime, anywhere and as often as you like! Slimming down the middle is beneficial for your appearance, but almost more importantly for taking care from the inside out!  

Your core consists of much more than just your abs — it incorporates all of the muscles between your hips and shoulders, including those in the pelvis, back and, yes, the abdomen.

Excess weight in the core usually gathers in the belly and pushes over the front, sides and back of your waistband, creating that not-so-desirable muffin top! But more importantly this fat – visceral fat, located around the organs, which excretes inflammatory compounds and poses a risk for diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  

OK – enough with the science lesson! Hope this ramps up your motivation to be your best you by taking care of your bodLet’s get our sweat on to find those gorgeous core muscles!

Repeat full circuit 3 times, resting for 1 minute between each circuit. 

Circuit breakdown:

:45 Alternating Lunges
:15 rest
:45 Mountain Climbers
:15 rest
:45 Jumping Jacks
:15 rest
:45 Plank Knee Jabs
:15 rest
:45 Cross over knee jabs
1 minute rest
REPEAT!

For a full breakdown of each exercise, see below.

Alternating lunges

Land on heel, then forefoot. Lower body by flexing knee and hip of front leg until knee of rear leg is almost in contact with floor. Return to original standing position by forcibly extending hip and knee of forward leg. Repeat by alternating lunge with opposite leg.

Mountain Climbers

Assume a push-up position with your arms straight and your body in a straight line from your head to your ankles. Without changing the posture of your lower back (it should be slightly arched), rapidly raise you knees, one at a time, toward your chest.

Jumping Jacks

Stand with feet together, knees slightly bent, and arms to sides. Jump while raising arms and separating legs to sides. Land on forefoot with legs apart and arms overhead. Jump again while lower arms and returning legs to starting position.

Plank Knee Jabs

Start in a plank position on your forearms with palms of your hands resting on the floor and hands in line with your shoulders. You should form a straight line from your shoulders to your heels. Brace your core. Drive your right toward your right elbow. Pause at the top position and reverse direction back to starting position. Continue alternating legs to elbow.

Cross Over Knee Jabs

Start in same position as above.  Brace your core. Drive your right knee across your body toward your left elbow. Pause at the top position and reverse direction back to starting position. Continue alternating between legs to opposite elbow.