Core strength exercises are the most important exercises to do because you need to have a strong core in order to do all other exercises with strength and confidence without injuring yourself. If your core is weak, you will have problems doing other exercises intended for other parts of the body. Core exercises help strengthen abdominal muscles, upper thigh muscles, and lower back muscles which are very important to correctly exercise and strengthen. Not having a strong core can result in injuries in doing other exercises. So it is important to add a routine of core exercise to your workout program.

Plank Row One exercise that is great for your core is the Plank Row (or some call it the Renegade Row). The muscles that it works are: Abdominals, Bicep, Deltoids, Erector Spinae, Latissimus Dorsi, Pectoralis Major. The equipment you need for this exercise are two dumbbells.

How To Do It: Using the two dumbbells, start in the top pushup position with each hand on a dumbbell. Pull your right arm with the dumbbell up to your chest in a row movement making sure to keep your elbows in and using your abdominal and leg muscles to keep your body in a straight line. Put that dumbbell to the floor and raise up your left arm and bring the dumbbell to your chest. Make sure to focus on your core muscles to keep your body straight while doing this exercise.

Squats Squats are probably the number one choice for building a strong core and can be done in a variety of different ways. Squats can be done with or without weights and if you are just starting out, it may be best to try squats without weight. Learning to do squats with proper form without weights first is a good idea. As you get the technique down, then you can add some weights.

How To Do It: There are two different ways you can hold weights while performing squats. One way is with a barbell with weights on the end held closely to your chest. Squat down and using your abdominal muscles, keep the bar to your chest while keeping your back straight with your knees spaced evenly apart. Be careful to not lock your knees during any part of this exercise. Another method is to use two dumbbells and hold them to your sides. Squat down placing the dumbbells on the ground and then keeping your back straight and your knees positioned, pick the dumbbells off the floor as you go into the upright position. You can even do more and curl the weights after coming to the upright position giving you double the workout.

Medicine Ball Toss Another great working out is using foam mats and stacking them about 1-2 feet on the floor. Take a medicine ball and find a partner to help you with this one.

How To Do It: Sit down on the mat keeping your legs straight and your knees even with your shoulders. Hold the medicine ball to your chest. Using all your core muscles, stand up and toss the medicine ball to your workout partner just in front of you. Have your partner toss back the ball to your hands as you sit down. This is one brutal core exercise that will have you breathing heavy in no time. Try just 10 of these and see if you can feel just how powerful they are. Working out is great, but if you really want results — you need daily support, motivation, and a personalized plan to keep you on track. Join Jillian and get everything you need!