5 Creative Core Exercises

Ad-lib your ab routine with these challenging moves.

A strong core is a fundamental basic for a strong athlete. Abdominal muscles help stabilize your body—crucial when you need to stop, switch directions, or perform exercises like burpees. Solid abs also boost power and endurance, making everything from box jumps to running feel easier.

But crunches should not be the extent of your middle management. Add one or more of these moves to your workout to firm up at the gym, in the pool, or during a strength session at home.