12 Core Exercises for a Stronger Core and Better Posture

Knee Pull Plank

Target your abs while engaging your entire body with this plank variation.


  • Start in a full plank, with your feet together and your arms extended straight underneath your shoulders.
  • Bend your right knee in toward your chest, scooping your abs in toward your spine and allowing your back to round slightly.
  • Pulse your knee closer into your chest 10 times, drawing your abs in tighter as your knee pulls in.
  • Repeat on the opposite side.
  • Pigeon Pose

Open up tight hips and inner thighs with this final stretch.


  • Transition from your last set of knee pull planks by lowering your lifted leg to floor, turning your knee out to the side and bringing your heel forward.
  • Slide your back leg down into the floor, pointing the foot behind you with the top of your foot resting on the floor.
  • Lower your upper body to the floor, bend your elbows and rest your head on your hands.
  • Too tough? Keep your upper body lifted with your hands on the floor for less intensity.
  • Hold for up to 30 seconds.
  • Repeat on the opposite side.

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