Man or woman, young or old, everybody wants a flat stomach with washboard abs.
So, it’s no surprise that I’m often asked “what are the best core exercises?”
For most people, the first exercises that come to mind are sit-ups and crunches. But I don’t recommend them. And there’s a good reason for that:
Dr. Stuart McGill is a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo in Canada. In the lab, McGill and his colleagues have shown that one of the quickest ways to damage the lower back is to load the spine while repeatedly bending it back and forth.
Which is remarkably similar to what is going on when you perform a sit-up or crunch.
You might know someone whose back ‘just went’ during a simple everyday task, like picking up a pencil from the floor, lifting a bag from the car, or even just sneezing.
“Very few back injuries, however, result from a single event”, says McGill. Instead, most injuries to the lower back are the result of damage accumulated over time. And the event that appeared to cause the injury was simply the straw that broke the camel’s back.
While there’s a time and a place for every exercise, for 99% of people sit-ups and crunches simply aren’t the best option if you want to keep your back healthy.
Fortunately, there are much safer – and often more effective – ways of training the core.
So if you’re already following a program that includes sit-ups, you can simply substitute them for one of these 7 best core exercises. And if you haven’t started yet, these exercises will help you get off to the best possible start.
You can do most of these exercises anywhere. Enjoy!
The 6 Best Core Exercises
Now that you’re have learned more about the enormous significance of core conditioning, here are 6 of the best core exercises. They take no more than ten minutes, require no devices, and can considerably improve your overall health, strength, movement, balance, and discomfort.  Each 1-minute video follows the exact same qualified fitness trainer who will stroll you through each simple core strengthening exercise.
The bridge workout enhances the whole abdominal area, the lower back and the glutes.
2. Straight Leg Drops
The straight leg drop core workout targets the transverse stomach muscles and the obliques
3. Front Toe Drops
The front toe drop core abdominal workout needs concentrate on breath.
4. Side Knee Drops
Workout stomach muscles with a concentrate on the obliques with the side knee drop core exercise.
5. Hip Circles
The hip circle core exercise requires focus on breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.
6. Four-Point Balance
The four-point balance workout strengthens abdominal muscles and enhances balance.