8 of the Best Core-Defining Workouts You Can Do at Home


This isometric exercise engages your entire core. Get into a push-up position with your forearms on the ground, elbows shoulder-width apart, and form a straight line from head to toe.


A classic core exercise, crunches target your upper abs. Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your upper back off the ground, engaging your abs.

Russian Twists:

This exercise works your obliques, the muscles on the sides of your core. Sit on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. Lean back slightly, keeping your core engaged and back straight.

Side Plank:

This variation of the plank targets your obliques. Lie on your side with your elbow directly under your shoulder and legs stacked on top of each other. Lift your hips off the ground, forming a straight line from head to toe.

Mountain Climbers:

This exercise gets your heart rate up while engaging your core. Start in a high plank position with hands shoulder-width apart. Bring one knee towards your chest in a running motion, then switch legs and repeat.

Dead Bug:

This exercise strengthens your deep core muscles. Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Extend one arm straight out overhead and the opposite leg straight out at a 45-degree angle.

Bird Dog:

This exercise improves core stability and coordination. Start on all fours with hands shoulder-width apart and knees hip-width apart. Extend one arm and the opposite leg out straight, keeping your back flat and core engaged.


This exercise strengthens your lower back and core. Lie on your stomach with your arms and legs extended. Lift your chest, arms, and legs slightly off the ground.