If you’re looking for some new and challenging core moves for home or the gym, we’ve got you covered.  As you’ll see in the upcoming workout posts, I like to mix classic moves with some of the newer wackier ones.  Trust me, they all work.

I think it’s great that fitness is always evolving.  We know we have to keep our workouts fresh in order to make our muscles recover and show all of our hard work.  Remember, our muscles have memory too and at some point, they’re no longer challenged by the same old, same old.  If you’re not changing things up weekly, don’t do the same routine for longer than a month.

Here are some of my favorite and most challenging core moves.  Do this twice a week this month coupled with clean eating and you’re guaranteed to see some positive changes!

Plyo Ball Pass

this sucks, but it’s true, one rep is passing the ball from your feet to your hands then your hands to your feet.  So, if you can only do 5, not to worry, just work your way up to 12-15 reps for 3-4 sets

lying flat on your back, place the ball between your ankles, squeezing to keep secure.  with your arms stretched above your head, raise your arms and legs to a jackknife position.  pass the ball to your hands, lower your hands and legs to the starting position.  repeat to pass the ball from your hands to your ankles.  this is one rep :)

Plyo Ball Pike

start in a plank position resting the tops of your feet on the ball.  roll the ball towards your hands while raising your butt in the air.  return to starting position.  aim for 12 reps, 3-4 sets

Windshield Wiper

lying on your back, raise your legs straight in the air at a 90* angle.  with your arms at your side midway between your waist and your shoulders, slowly lower your legs to the right until you hit the floor.  be sure to keep your upper body still, moving only your legs.  return legs to starting position, lower to the left and repeat 15 time on each side

Plank with Arm & Leg Raise

start in plank position.  once you’re stable, raise your left arm stretching it our in front of you while raising your right leg.  start by holding this position for 10 seconds, switch and repeat on the other side.  repeat 3-4 sets.  work your way up to 30 seconds on each side

Plyo Ball Arm Circles

balancing your elbows on the ball, put legs in plank position.  moving just the arms, roll the ball in a circular motion to right, forward, around to the left and back to the center.  do 12-15 reps.  repeat the motion on the left side for 12-15 reps

Don’t worry, these are HARD.  Don’t get discouraged.  Work your way up.  We all start somewhere.  Think of how awesome you’re going to feel at the end of the month when you can do more reps and hold that plank for just a few more seconds.