Core work that involves strengthening the stomach, obliques, back and bottom in order to make you look slimmer, to boost your sporting performance and to give you the strength to really challenge yourself during your workouts.

It’s not surprising, then, that core strength is one of the main focuses of our personal training in Orange County. As experts in this area, we know just the exercises to get your core stronger than ever.

The Plank

The plank is a straightforward exercise that is super effective – but it’s not as easy as it looks! Resting on your forearms and feet, face-down, keep your body in a straight line from head to heels.

Hold this position for 30-60 seconds without letting your lower back overarch or hips drop any lower than the rest of your body. Try not to strain the neck or upper back. At first, you might struggle to hold this move past 20 seconds, but we tell our personal training in Orange County clients to slowly build up their endurance.

The Medicine Ball Slam

This move really strengthens the core, along with the stomach and shoulders. Extend your body and stand on your tip toes with a medicine ball lifted above your head. Then, put all your effort into slamming the ball on the ground as hard as you can. Pick the ball up and repeat 10-15 times.

The 2-point Box

This is a tricky one, but if you can master it your core will thank you! It’s a favourite during our personal training in Orange County.

Start on your hands and knees, with your hands directly under shoulders and your knees directly under hips. Keeping the rest of your body still, raise your left arm out in front of you and extend your right leg out behind you. Hold this position for 30-60 seconds, then swap sides and repeat.