the carve your core warm-up

the carve your core warm-up

I’ve got a warm-up for you today! I was at the gym recently and wanted a warm-up that blasted my whole body and tackled some core work before the meat of the workout began. After some quick thinking I came up with this three-move carve your core warm-up.

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like my workout bodyguard in the background? :)

What you need: a stopwatch, maybe?

*Note that I used this for a warm-up. You can sprinkle this series into any part of your workout–it’s a winner anytime.

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Start with 30+ seconds of mountain climbers. What’s a mountain climber? In a plank position like the one shown above, jump your right foot up, knee toward chest. Jump and swap legs, left knee up toward chest. Continue alternating.

mountain climbers, core workout, core warm-up, planks, how to do a plank, what is your core, the fit chronicles, the fit chronicles blog, alison hay, alison hay personal trainerComplete 30+ seconds of frogger plank swivels. What’s a frogger plank swivel? See steps 1-4 above. Starting out in a plank, swivel your right knee to left elbow. Swivel left knee to right elbow. Return to plank position. Jump your feet up to your hands (like a frog hop!). Hop back out to a plank and repeat.

mountain climbers, core workout, core warm-up, planks, how to do a plank, what is your core, the fit chronicles, the fit chronicles blog, alison hay, alison hay personal trainerLower onto your elbows for a 60-second forearm plank. Keep your body in a straight line.

That’s all! I repeated the sequence for a total of two rounds, but feel free to do as many rounds as you want.

Do you ever do core work at the beginning of your workout? I love it!