Getting a tighter and firmer core takes some hard work. But one of the most important factors is having new exercises at your disposal.
It’s time to review some killer new core exercise that targets both your lower and upper abdominals – the butterfly twist. Remember, core exercises are important for getting a more toned and stronger midsection. Add them to a solid, total body workout plan and a clean diet for the best results.
The Butterfly Twist – How To
To perform the butterfly twist, start by lying face up on an exercise mat. Extend your legs straight out in front of you, aligning them with your spine and neck. Your arms should be extended straight out to your sides, perpendicular to your torso, with your palms flat on the ground for balance and support. Maintain a straight neck throughout by looking directly up at the ceiling. This is your starting position.
To start, lift your knees towards your abdomen until they reach a 90 degree angle. Hold them here, making sure your calves are parallel to the floor. You should be engaging your core and upper leg muscles to hold this position.
Slowly and in control, lower your knees towards the right, bringing them as close to the floor as possible. This will involve twisting your core muscles, but make sure that your upper back and shoulders do not lift off the floor at all. Only lower your legs as far as you can to the right. Hold for one count, and lift back up to starting and dropping your knees to the opposite side. This is one rep.
Repeat this full rotation at least 15 times, aiming for somewhere between 20 and 30 reps if possible.