Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour calls this 3-exercise circuit “tummy time.” In reality, however, it works so much more than just your tummy; It hammers your entire core—the dozens of muscles between your shoulders and your hips. (Get fitter faster with an activity or health tracker. Head to Best Buy to find the one that fits your needs and goals.)
2 Pushup Workouts That Hit Every Muscle in Your Core
There are more ways to do pushups than just about any other exercise, which means your mind and muscles will never get bored. But if you need some inspiration for your arsenal, check out these two up-and-down pushup workouts from Men’s Health Fitness Director B.J. Gaddour. (Take your fitness to an all-new level with the fitbit Surge super watch. It'll help you train smarter, go farther, and work harder.)
The 5-Move Workout That Tightens Your Core and Fends Off Back Pain
This workout pulls double duty: It not only carves and tightens your core, but it also prevents lower back pain in the process, says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour. The routine consists of five core stability exercises: bird dog, hollow-body hold, front plank, side plank, and back plank. Each exercise hits your midsection from a different angle, sculpting and strengthening your midsection in 360 degrees, he says.
The 2-Move Butt and Gut Workout You Don’t See In the Gym Every Day
Real men do butterfly situps and butterfly hipups. Yes, they look a little bit comical, but they’re both super effective, says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour. The butterfly situp targets your six pack and loosens your groin, he says, while the butterfly hipup activates your glutes and mobilizes your hip rotators.
Don’t underestimate a 10-pound dumbbell. They can challenge your body in an entirely new way, especially if you’re used to lifting heavy. Lighter weights target the small muscles that stabilize your joints—muscles that get overpowered by larger ones when you use heavier weights.