Get your body ready to spring into action (and get abs of steel) with this simple core routine
Training your core will help prevent injury, improve your posture, and give you better balance and stability in every sport, says personal trainer Karina Grimes.
When attempting these exercises remember to keep a neutral spine and engage your core (pull that belly button in to your spine).
1. Side Rolling Plank:
Start in a low plank position, roll to one side in a slow controlled movement, back to start position and repeat. After 3 reps switch to other side.
2. Bird Dog:
Start on all fours, nice neutral spine. Lift arm and opposing leg at the same time, slow and controlled. Move back to starting position and repeat. After 3 reps switch to other side.
3. Side plank leg raises:
Start in your side plank position; keep the hips off the ground. Lift leg up and out to the side, move leg back down to starting position. Repeat, after 3 reps move switch to other side.
Repeat each exercise for 3 reps on each side, for 3 rounds. Add more reps and rounds to make as necessary for a greater challenge.
Watch Karina do the exercises on YouTube and follow her on Instagram.
* Undertake these exercises at your own risk — if injured/in any doubt consult your doctor before trying them!