Want to know how to sculpt a strong core, fast?

You have to attack it from all directions: front, back, side and even from the top and the bottom. And since your core runs from your neck all the way down to your pelvis (in fact, some experts even include the quads and hamstring complex as part of the core), that’s a lot of muscles to hit.

Even so, most of us immediately think “crunches” when it comes to sculpting your ab muscles. And in a way, that’s not incorrect, since the “six-pack” muscles – your rectus abdominis – are the prime targets of the crunch.

But with the core comprising such a major part of your body (your whole trunk, and then some!), a lot of other muscles are involved in building real core strength.

So, in order to build a strong and balanced core – one that keeps you standing tall and helps fend off back pain and injuries – you should work all of those muscles.

Sounds complicated, doesn’t it?

No worries. I’ve put together a 360-degree core strength workout you can do that takes no equipment and very little time. You can do this workout on its own or at the end of another workout, a couple times a week, on non-consecutive days.

How to Sculpt a Strong Core

There are a couple things to keep in mind before you tackle this workout.

First, rather than rushing through the reps of this workout, really focus on the muscle groups you’re targeting. Putting your mind into your muscle makes all the difference when it comes to getting results, especially with your core.

And second, you can do this workout either as-is or as a “ladder” workout for an extra challenge. To do it as a ladder workout, go “up” the ladder of exercises until the plank, and then work your way back “down” the ladder in reverse order until you get to the crunches (confused? No worries, I have it outlined below).

360-Degree Core Workout

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    20 crunches

  • 10 bird dogs (5 each side, holding two seconds at top)
  • 20 ab bicycles each side
  • 10 supermans, lifting upper body only
  • 20 seconds side plank right side
  • 20 seconds side plank left side
  • 15 to 20 glute bridges 
  • 30 second plank from elbows

If you want an extra challenge, go back down through the exercises in reverse order:

  • 15 to 20 glute bridges
  • 20 second side plank left side
  • 20 second side plank right side
  • 10 supermans, lifting upper body only
  • 20 ab bicycles each side
  • 10 bird dogs (5 each side, holding two seconds at top)
  • 20 crunches

Quick Video Demo

Here’s a quick video demo of this workout, which my dog Zoey and I filmed after a hard workout the other day. 

Revealing that Strong Core

Of course, you can build the strongest core in the world but it won’t show if it’s covered under a layer of fat. 

In order to get those muscles to show, you have to follow a sound nutrition plan that gives your body enough (but not too much) healthy fuel, as well as doing targeted fat-burning workouts like HIIT workouts or sprints a few days a week.

Want more Core Strength?

Be sure to check out the free 5-Day Strong Core Challenge, which includes fitness and nutrition tips to help you sculpt your ab muscles. You can join the challenge by signing up below!

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Find out how a few simple exercises and some easy diet tweaks can give you a stronger, flatter core in less than a week!

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