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Core stability workout with personal trainer Charlotte

Core stability is the basis of all exercises.Frequently training core stability also considerably reduces the risk of injuries and lower back pain. Personal trainer Charlotte has compiled a core stability workout exclusively for Hunkemöller. Are you going to do the 4 exercises below?

1) Deep abdominal muscles
Core stability begins with the deep abdominal muscles. You can train these by lying on your back with bent knees. Put your hands on your pelvis. Imagine you have just bought a fabulous pair of trousers but they are just a little bit too tight and you have to suck in your tummy to get them on. (familiar of course :)) If you are doing the movement correctly, you should feel your muscle contracting under your fingers. Hold this for 10 seconds and then repeat 10 times. Note: keep breathing!

2) The Superman
It is important during a workout that you do one exercise that targets various muscles groups. Core stability is not only about your abs, but also your back muscles. So here we have it, the Superman! Lie on your stomach. Tense your abdominal, back and buttock muscles and raise both your arms and legs. Hold this for 10 seconds and repeat 10 times. If you want to make this exercise more challenging, then lower your arms and legs to just above the ground and then raise them again.

3) The Plank
The plank is a very rewarding core stability exercise because if you do it frequently, you will quickly notice evolution. If a normal plank is too difficult, then put your knees on the ground. Are you a pro? Then raise one leg and hold this for a few seconds. Make sure that your arms are bent and your elbows are just below your shoulders. Keep your head, neck, back and hips in a nice straight line. Pull your navel in and tighten your abs. Begin by holding it for 30 seconds and gradually work your way up to one minute.

4) Side plank crunch
Is your stability improving and are you fed up of those love handles peeking out of your favourite jeans? Then give the side plank crunch a try! Get into classic side plank position. Then move your top arm and leg so that they touch each other. Repeat this 10 times on each side. It’s important to do this exercise slowly because going too fast means you won’t train the correct muscles!

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