4 Great Core Workouts For Men
If you’re dreaming of that perfect toned 6 pack, then knowing what some of the best core workouts for men are can help you get the core you have always wanted.
Core Workout 1
One of the easiest, but most effective core workouts for men, involves doing the following exercises:
- Side plank
- Side Bends
- Reverse crunches
The order that the above exercises are done in is completely up to you. You will do 5 sets of each exercise, but you will complete 5 sets of each exercise before you move on to the next exercise. As for how long you should rest for between sets, 15-20 seconds in between each set is recommended. You want to keep rest periods short, and keep moving along with your workout especially for abs. In regards to reps, do as many reps as you can when you do crunches, side crunches and side bends. When you do the side plank, hold the position for as long as you can before switching sides and holding the position for as long as you did when you did the other side.
Core Workout 2
Core workouts for men can be short and very intense, which can be a good thing if you want results as quick as possible. If you are looking for intense and short ab exercises, then below is one you might want to do.
- Side plank
- Traditional plank
- One-arm plank
- Superman pose
- Barbell twists
Unlike the first core workout discussed previously, you will do the exercises above in the order listed. The first four exercises you do, you will hold the position for 30 seconds. You should do about 60 seconds of barbell twists. One of the reasons why this specific workout is one of the most intense core workouts for men is because you do them one after another, without taking a rest in between them. However, you do take a 30-45 second rest after you have done the barbell twists, and then you do the exercises again in the same manner. Do this for a total of 3-5 rounds and your core will be feeling it afterwards.
Core Workout 3
- Crunches with legs on exercise ball
- Exercise ball crunches
- Decline crunches
- Cable crunches
When you do crunches with an exercise ball your legs will be placed on the ball. After you do crunches with the ball, you will get on the exercise ball and do crunches (exercise ball crunches). Once you have done crunches on the exercise ball, the next exercise you want to perform are decline crunches, which will be followed by cable crunches.
The number of crunches you will do for each variation of the crunch, you should do as many as you can per set, but try to do at least 10-20. Do the exercises as super-sets, which means you will do the first two exercises one after another, with no break in between sets. Do a total of 3-5 super-sets, and then do 3-5 more super-sets, but with decline crunches and cable crunches.
Core Workout 4
Are you looking for core workouts for men that don’t involve many exercises, then the below one may be for you. This particular workout is a tri-set workout that will leave your core feeling tight. The exercises you will do include:
- Jackknife crunches
- Exercise ball planks
- One-arm/One-leg superman pose
You will do all three exercises one after another, and take a break after you have done the superman pose, and then go through the motions again, until you reach the desired number of tri-sets, which should be 4-6 in total. You may only be doing three exercises in this session, but the exercises are quite intense, especially the one-arm/one-leg superman pose.
There are many other core workouts for men that you can do, but the four workouts above are some of the best ones. You should choose one of these workouts and do it 3-4 days per week for 4-6 weeks. After that, you should move onto another core workout and stick with it for another 4-6 weeks, and do it 3-4 days per week. Basically, it is a good idea to switch up your core workout routines every 4-6 weeks, if you want to get the best results, otherwise, your body with habituate to the exercises you are doing and your results will decline.
For further workouts and advice, check out this fun book The Men’s Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts: A Leaner, Stronger Body–in 15 Minutes a Day!