Short on time? Strengthen your core in only 10 minutes with this bodyweight routine

Improve your stability and develop a strong core with this quick workout

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Core workouts aren't hard to come by nowadays. Whether you're on the hunt for a weighted routine, a bodyweight session or a tough workout to test your midsection muscles, a quick search online will return hundreds of results. 

But, because there are so many to choose from, it can be hard to find one that perfectly fits your needs, especially if you're in a rush and don't have any equipment to hand. Fortunately, we've found a 10-minute routine that's ideal for a quick core hit. 

The workout has been created by Mr and Mrs Muscle, a YouTube coaching duo with level three diplomas in personal training under their belts. 

It exclusively using bodyweight exercises too, so you don't need any specialist gear to try it for yourself. Although, if you're working out on a hard surface, you might benefit from using a yoga mat for some added cushioning.

Check out the routine from the trainers below and try to mirror their form to make sure you're using the right technique for each exercise.

Watch Mr and Mrs Muscle's core strengthening routine

Despite the two terms being used interchangeably, there are a few differences between your core and your abs. Your abdominal muscles, which include your rectus abdominis six-pack abs muscles, form just a fraction of your core. 

Your core is a section of mid-body muscle responsible for connecting your upper and lower body. Strengthening this area helps improve your balance and stability, with your core playing a crucial role in compound exercises like kettlebell swings which constantly pull you off balance. 

This routine is broken into three rounds of four exercises targeting different muscles within your core, developing comprehensive midsection strength. If any of the moves look tricky, the trainers have helpfully provided slightly less challenging modifications of each exercise. 

If you're new to core and abs workouts like this, you'll likely feel sore the next day. This is known as delayed-onset muscle soreness (or DOMS) and is caused by tiny tears in your muscles fibres that your body needs protein to repair. 

This is why many people use supplements like the best protein powders for weight loss in a post-workout shake to promote recovery.

Lois Mackenzie
Fitness Writer

Lois Mackenzie is a Fitness Writer for Fit&Well and its sister site Coach, covering strength training workouts with weights, accessible ways to stay active at home, and training routines for runners. She joined the team from Newsquest Media Group, where she was a senior sports, trends, and lifestyle reporter. She is a dedicated runner, having just completed her first marathon, and an advocate for spending time outdoors, whether on a walk, taking a long run, or swimming in the sea. 

Lois holds a Master's degree in Digital Journalism, and has written for Good Health, Wellbeing & The Great Outdoors,, and Newsquest Media Group, where her reporting was published in over 200 local newspapers.