Stale Core Workouts Call for Action!

by Her Happy Balance on April 30, 2013

Ever feel like your workout routine is getting a bit stale? I definitely do. I go through cycles of loving a workout and doing it a bunch and then one day I just decide I am fed up with it and it’s boring. Well, that’s how I’m feeling about my core workout. So I’ve been researching, and I’ve found some moves I need to work into my routine. And as every good blogger should, I am sharing my finds with you whether you want me to or not πŸ™‚


First up, we have Lying Windmills. Here’s a description on how to complete them:

“Lie on your back with your arms extended and raise yourΒ legsΒ until they are perpendicular to the floor. Slowly lower your legs to the side as low as you can while maintaining complete shoulder and back contact with the floor. Bring your legs back up to center and lower them to the other side.” – From “Top 10: Core Exercises” on

Next up we have Stiff-Legged V Bends. Β These are just like ball roll-ins, however you must keep your knees straight. Can’t wait to look silly trying to do these at the gym.

And how about the Single Leg Bridge. The key here is to raise your hips so that they make a straight line with your knees and shoulders. Then lift one leg and hold. If you find your body sagging, try with both of your feet on the ground until you build up your strength. Bonus: this will totally work your glutes too.

One other exercise I plan on attempting to incorporate into my core routine isΒ Mountain Climbers with your Feet Against a Wall. Okay, so this one is a bit intimidating. I found it by searching “crazy ab exercises” so let’s just keep that in mind. Take the normal mountain climber position and amp it up by putting your feet against a wall.

“Magic 8 ball, will I be able to rock the mountain climbers exercise like this guy?” Answer: Don’t count on it.

Hopefully these moves will help spice up my workout, and I’m sure they will be entertaining for everyone else to watch me try and attempt. Β I may try them at home first to make sure I don’t fall on my butt before demonstrating my skills at the gym πŸ˜‰


Anyone else getting bored with their workouts?

Do you prefer doing body weight exercises? Or using machines?

Any creative exercises you want to share with me? I need inspiration!

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Caitlin April 30, 2013 at 11:44 am

Oh girl these look awesome! I get super bored with my workouts every few weeks (besides running haha), so I’m always looking for ways to change it up and keep it interesting. As a fan of body weight training and a non gym member these are right up my alley! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance April 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Body weight exercises are the way to go! Glad you found them useful πŸ™‚ Let me know how the crazy mountain climbers go for ya πŸ˜‰

Brooke @ Running In Heels April 30, 2013 at 9:35 am

I love finding new exercises!! It always makes things more interesting!

Her Happy Balance April 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Me too! Love putting a little extra spice into my workout, keeps me motivated!

Meghan April 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm

You are such a sweet blogger to share such sweet moves for the gym! It’s so difficult to find good core moves, and clearly, I’m stuck on one thing: planking. It’s all I know how to do. But I can say with certainty that I’ll be trying the windmill thing. That looks awesomely challenging but fun. Yipee for new things! And this is why you are my blog bestie. I loathe gym machines. In fact, it’s weird that I even belong to a gym. The machines gross me out and are rather limiting to your muscles so I’m all about body weight exercises lately. We’ll see how long that lasts!

Her Happy Balance April 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I’m all about the bodyweight exercises lately too! When I was at the gym last night the guy using a machine before me did not even pretend to bother to wipe his machine clean and he left some nasty sweat spots, atrocious dude! And the windmill one is my favorite, let’s see how awesome we can get at it πŸ™‚ Plus, at the very least, we’ll look super skilled rolling around doing the crazy motion and people will know we are exercise savvy πŸ˜‰

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl April 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Yay, thank you for this! I have most definitely been getting bored with my current ab workouts, so these will be perfect to mix things up a bit :).

Her Happy Balance April 30, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Awesome, you are so welcome! πŸ™‚ We’ll be rocking these moves in no time!

Becky @ Olives n Wine April 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I don’t necessarily get bored with workouts but I do get bored if I run the same paths multiple times in a row without switching it up! I need to be able to see new things while I’m out πŸ™‚ Your new ab workouts look killer! I might be trying some of those soon!!

Her Happy Balance May 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Let me know if you master the wall mountain climbers πŸ™‚ And I can understand wanting to see different things on a run. I love admiring other people’s houses when I run, especially if it’s around a holiday and they’re decorated!

Thien @ Thien's New Adventures April 30, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Ah yes! Let’s get out of being bored! and I prefer body weight exercises but I’ll use a treadmill and weights most days out of the week

Her Happy Balance May 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I completely agree with you. I’d much rather do some body weight workouts, but I still find free weights and the treadmill (when the weather’s crappy) essential for a good workout.

Nicole @ FruitnFitness April 30, 2013 at 11:21 pm

I’m on the lookout for some good core exercises that don’t put any pressure on your lower legs. Some of these look like they would be really challenging for the core muscles.

Her Happy Balance May 1, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I’m thinking the windmills could definitely be challenging, and no lower leg pressure! πŸ™‚

Brittany April 30, 2013 at 11:47 pm

My core exercises need help, so I love this. I’m def more of a body weight user!

Her Happy Balance May 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Mine do too! We can incorporate these workouts together and be super fitness gurus πŸ˜‰

Meredith May 1, 2013 at 3:13 am

Oooo those are good finds! I would be the girl to fall over and off of the stability ball in the gym, so you are not alone πŸ™‚ I’m going to try those mountain climbers…they look intense! I prefer body weight exercises. Recently in the bootcamp I go to, we’ve been doing a TON of hand release push-ups. Ever done those? I definitley think it’s a great upper body and core workout. I am always so sore afterwards!

Her Happy Balance May 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

You found my weakness: push-ups! Ugh, I had just about zero upper body strength a couple years ago and had to spend some serious bonding time with some free weights to discover I had a bicep. I will need to look into these hand release push-ups…I have a feeling they are going to kick my butt! (in a good way) πŸ™‚

Kristina May 2, 2013 at 1:27 am

Thank you for posting some new goodies. All I do these days is run and I know I need to get some light strength training going. Have you ever tried pilates? You would love it! It’s ALL core!

Her Happy Balance May 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I’ve tried pilates, but only in the form of DVDs at home. I bet an actual class would kick my booty πŸ˜‰ And you’re very welcome, have fun feeling that burn πŸ™‚

Rachel April 29, 2015 at 5:30 am

Great post!
I’ve tried a couple of these exercises such as the lying windmills but I’m willing to have a go at the Mountain Climbers with your feet against a wall, I can imagine this is difficult at the start, so I best practice at home first before taking these moves into the gym! πŸ˜€

Thanks again, great post!

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