If you’re on a mission to get a stronger core, grab a pen and paper and get ready to take notes, or just bookmark this article. POPSUGAR spoke with celebrity trainer Jason Walsh about how he trained Brie Larson for Captain Marvel, and he also gave us some ab-strengthening advice.
Everyone has a different opinion on the best ab exercises to do for a stronger core, and Jason prefers antirotational movements. “You don’t have a lot of rotation,” Jason told POPSUGAR while explaining his philosophy behind doing more antirotational ab exercises. “If you’re forcing yourself into a lot [of rotational movements], you’re really putting a lot of torque and twist on that lower spine,” he said. According to Jason, “If you can get stronger at antirotation, that’s the good stuff.”
Both plank variations are antirotational, and Jason added the Russian twist because it doesn’t require much twisting, adding that it helps strengthen the transverse abdominis. Check out the three ab-strengthening exercises ahead.
The Ab-Strengthening Exercises
You can add these exercises into your existing ab routine or make a quick workout with them. If you’re a beginner, aim to perform them for 20 seconds or complete 10 reps per exercise. If you’re more advanced, aim to perform 30 seconds or complete 14 to 20 reps of each exercise. Rest for 45 to 60 seconds and repeat for a total of two to three rounds.
- Elbow plank with reach
- Russian twist
- Elbow plank with leg lift