12-Minute Core Strength Sequence (for Real People)

Build strength through the belly, side waist, glutes and back with core strengtheners for those of us who don't have all day to hit the gym.
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Build strength through the belly, side waist, glutes and back with core strengtheners for those of us who don't have all day to hit the gym.

Doable core strengtheners for those of us who don't have all day to hit the gym? Sign us up! Sage Rountree is presenting Core Strength for Real People at YJ LIVE! New York, April 8–11, but until then she's sharing a simple take-home sequence to practice in the meantime.

Core strength a beautiful thing—but not for aesthetic, Instagram-worthy reasons. It's about having the control and support to engage in whatever you like to do (run along the local trail, play tennis, build furniture) without strain or injury. It’s not about what’s on the outside, padding and all; it’s about building strength on the inside, through the belly, side waist, glutes, and back.

I know, I know. You're wary of adding a new routine to your packed schedule. Well, there's good news: Hold each of these poses for up to a minute, resting as needed, and you'll wrap up the whole sequence within 12 minutes. Do it three times per week, and you might be surprised at how much core strength you can gain with only about 30 minutes of focused work each week.