5 Cardio Exercises for a Stronger Core

If you want a killer six-pack more is required than a little cardio. Great abs are achieved by utilizing a three-part plan of fat-burning cardio, strength training, and healthy eating (maybe you've heard the best abs are made in the kitchen?). That being said, sit-ups and crunches aren't the only options when it comes to building core strength.

Say goodbye to the pooch (hello, six-pack!) by incorporating these five moves into your weekly cardio routine.

  • High Knees. Fire up your core and increase calorie burn with high knees. Start by jogging in place, with the goal of raising your knees up to hip level. Alternate sides as quickly as possible for 60 seconds. Is it burning? That’s the sensation that comes from sculpting killer abs.

  • Burpees. Without a doubt, burpees are hard - and that’s a good thing. Begin in a plank position and jump towards your hands, tucking both knees into your chest. Jump back and land in a squat position. Jump up, propelling yourself from the squat position and land back in a plank. Repeat, as quickly as possible for 60 seconds.

  • Mountain Climbers. Meet the planks jacked-up sister: mountain climbers. Mountain climbers are essentially planks where you run on the spot. Get into a straight-arm plank, placing your hands directly below your shoulders. Alternate driving your knees up into the center of your body. Continue to “run” as fast as you can for 45 seconds.

  • Plank Jacks. Holding a static plank is great for you core, but adding a jump takes this move to a whole new level. Begin in a straight-arm plank position (your hands should be directly below your shoulders). Create the motion of a jumping jack, jump your legs wide and then back together while holding the plank position. Jump as quickly as you can for 30 reps. Take care to keep that booty from rising towards the ceiling!

  • Cross Body Climber. Cross body climbers are an advanced version of mountain climbers. From a high plank position with your body straight, hips level, and core braced, lift right leg and draw right knee toward left elbow. As you return right leg to plank, lift left leg and draw left knee toward right elbow. Continue to alternate, as quickly as possible. 

For a quick cardio burst, add 1 set of each ab exercise onto the end of your next strength workout. Keep it up, you’ll be rocking that bikini in no time!

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