There are so many reasons to love your core—and, no, we're not just talking about the abs you can see. When it comes down to it, all the muscles in your core (including your pelvic floor, abdominal girdle muscles, diaphragm, erector spinae, etc.) work together to act as a super stabilizer for your body. Maintaining a strong core is not only key to nailing tough workouts, but to staying injury-free as you do day-to-day tasks.
Trainer Jaime McFaden is here with one of her favorite abdominal-strengthening routines. The workout targets all of those important, deep core muscles to build a strong, sculpted midsection while doing double duty to prevent injury. Even better, this workout only takes 20 minutes and can be done right at home, so you can add it to your routine without spending many more hours in the gym.
How it works: Work through the six warm-up moves, then do each move in the main circuit for 30 seconds each. Repeat the circuit one more time, and then ease your body into recovery mode with the four cooldown exercises.
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