Your core is the support structure around your hips, midsection, and shoulders that provides the foundation for all movement, whether for sport or everyday life. That’s why it’s important to think of core training not in terms of isolated exercises inspired by bodybuilding, but as integrated moves that train and mimic the motions of everyday life.
Rather than train for showy muscles that might produce strong movements, focus on strong, functional movements that’ll create a lean physique as a byproduct. An effective core routine targets the hips, shoulders, and midsection, making it the perfect full-body routine to do three times a week.
Perform these moves in a circuit for two rounds to hammer your core in just 20 minutes.
Pete Williams is a NASM certified personal trainer and the author or co-author of a number of books on performance and training.