Amazing Core Exercise You Can Do At Home

by Jennifer Boudreau on January 13, 2014

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female musclesWe all know the core is important. Having a strong core is key to injury prevention and powers the rest of your body. Not only does working the core prevent injury, it also makes for a great looking midsection! The problem is many of us assume that if we’re working our abs that we’re working our core, and that is not correct.

According to an article on FitDay.com, the core consists of the following:

  • Gluteus Muscle Group – Muscles of the middle hip and buttocks area including gluteus medius, minimus, and maximus. Hamstring muscles are also included in the gluteus muscles.
  • Hip Muscle Group – Muscles of the upper hip and pelvis including the hip flexors and hip adductors.
  • Abdominal Muscle Group – Muscles of the front and side trunk including the external and internal obliques, traverse abdominis, and rectus abdominus.
  • Spinae Muscle Group – Muscle group supporting the spine including the erector spinae and multifidus.

As you can see, there is MUCH more to the  core than abs!

Personal trainer Laura Marenco introduced me to an AWESOME core exercise!  You can do this at home and all you need is a ball. You can use a stability ball, basketball, soccer ball, etc. If you want a stability ball, you can easily buy one at Target, Walmart, etc for as low as $10. They’re a great addition to your little home gym.

The core exercise she introduced me to is the Abdominal Ball Pass. Seriously, this looks soooo much easier than it is. I can already tell this is a phenomenal core exercise and I highly encourage you to try it!

Click here to watch a YouTube video on how to do the Abdominal Ball Pass. Laura suggested I do 4 sets of 15, but do what you can do and build strength from there.

Good luck and find me on Facebook  and let me know once you’ve tried it!

 

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