When I do workouts at home (which is all the time, by the way – I haven’t had a gym membership in years), I find that there are a couple of routines I tend to fall back on:  certain exercises that always make it into the workout, a particular number of reps, and a familiar circuit style.  So I set myself the challenge of trying some new-to-me exercises and putting them together in a fresh way.

Behold, the bodyweight core challenge workout (aka, the 5x5x5)!  I chose five super tough, bodyweight-only core exercises (targeting all the muscles in the torso – upper back, chest, abs, and glutes) for this one, and designed the workout to be tough in all the right ways.  Meaning mentally and physically – you gotta work on that mental endurance, too, ya know?

These five exercises are meant to strengthen the external obliques (yay, six pack!), the gluteal muscle group (yay, booty!) and the deep core stabilizers (yay, deep core stabilizers – and sorry you don’t have an exciting nickname!)

Here’s the breakdown.

Brutal BODYWEIGHT CORE Challenge Workout Breakdown - Pahla B Fitness

Brutal BODYWEIGHT CORE Challenge | ABS + OBLIQUES Floor Workout for RUNNERS

Do each of the exercises five times, repeat the circuit five times.

  • Hand Release Pushups
  • Side Plank Knee to Elbows
  • V-Sit Flutters
  • Reverse Plank Crunches
  • Single Leg Knee to Elbow + Pike
Finisher:  Single Leg Bridge Crunches, 25x each side

Check out the video below to see how the exercises are performed and feel free to follow along in real time.  Got questions about the exercises?  Leave me a comment, I love to hear from you!

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