Build core strength in 10 minutes with this trainer's equipment-free workout

The combination of isometric and dynamic moves will give your core a comprehensive workout

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It's easy to get bored of core workouts, particularly if you're constantly doing the usual mix of planks, sit-ups and crunches

Changing how you exercise will not only help you feel motivated, but it will also ensure you're challenging your body in new ways. This is particularly important when building strength in the core, as it contains various muscles that are hard to target.

Personal trainer Elise Young recently shared a comprehensive core workout made up of five exercises that will put your strength to the test. Watch the video below then give it a go yourself.

How to do Elise Young's 10-Minute Core Routine

You don't need any equipment and the routine only takes 10 minutes, so it's great for days when you're short on time. 

The routine includes exercises completed from a hollow hold position, including hollow rocks and hollow flutters. It's a good idea to get comfortable with the basic hollow hold to start with, as it's a challenging exercise requiring good core strength.

Maintaining proper form during a hollow hold is particularly important to minimize the load on your back. Remember: your lower back should be flat on the floor and your abs muscles pulled in tightly toward the spine. See our piece on how to do a hollow hold for more tips.

Complete each movement for 45 seconds, followed by 15 seconds of rest, moving through the entire routine twice.

Benefits of this workout

This workout combines dynamic and isometric exercises, which are ideal for building a stronger core. 

Dynamic exercises involve moving from one position to another, whereas isometric exercises involve holding a position. Doing both types of moves will ensure your core is being challenged in various ways, helping you to build a robust set of muscles in the area. 

If you're looking for more routines to strengthen your mid-section, have a go at this Pilates abs workout, or try these core strengthening exercises

Alice Porter
Freelancer Writer

Alice Porter is a freelance journalist covering lifestyle topics including health, fitness and wellness. She is particularly interested in women's health, strength training and fitness trends and writes for publications including Stylist Magazine, Refinery29, The Independent and Glamour Magazine. Like many other people, Alice's personal interest in combining HIIT training with strength work quickly turned into a CrossFit obsession and she trains at a box in south London. When she's not throwing weights around or attempting handstand push-ups, you can probably find her on long walks in nature, buried in a book or hopping on a flight to just about anywhere it will take her.