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VIDEO: 12-Minute Seated Core Workout

Tone Your Abs while Sitting in a Chair!

-- By Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer

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About This Workout
In this workout, Coach Nicole will lead you through a series of seated exercises that will help you tone your entire core, improve your posture, and increase your spinal mobility and flexibility.

  • Length: 12 minutes
  • Equipment: None
  • Type of Workout: Strength training (toning) & flexibility
  • Muscles Worked: Abs, obliques and lower back
  • Fitness Level: Beginner to intermediate
  • Impact: No-impact
  • Safety Precautions: Work through your own range of motion, never to the point of pain. Avoid exercising in an unstable chair or a chair with wheels.
  • NEW! Track Your Workout: Scroll down to the bottom of this article and click the "Add to Fitness Tracker" button. (You must be logged in for this to work.)
  • Extra Tip: Think about sitting as tall as possible and engaging your abdominals throughout every exercise. The more you focus on engaging the muscles you are trying to work, the more effective these moves will be.
Viewing Tips
  • You can pause or rewind the video at any time if you need a break or need to watch for closer instructions. We suggest watching the video one time through before attempting the workout.
  • This workout will take you through one set (4-12 repetitions) of each exercise. If you want to do more sets, simply replay the video until you finish 2-3 sets. You can also break up these sets into multiple, short workouts throughout your day, provided that you warm-up each time.
  • This video does not include music, but you can play a stereo or CD in the background as you workout. Just make sure you can still hear the instructions.
  • To play the video, simply click on the Play button (bottom left corner) to start.  Below the video screen, you'll find buttons for Pause, Stop, and volume control. 
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