If you are serious about strengthening your core, there is another exercise that will work wonders in tightening up your core muscles – kettlebell swings. When I started working out, one of the first things my personal trainer taught me was how to safely lift and swing a kettlebell. I had never tried this before but it looked fun when he showed me how, and it quickly became a regular part of my gym workouts.

One of the most important things to consider is the kettlebell weight that you should start out with. I began with a 15 lb. kettlebell, and within a few weeks was swinging a 20 pounder. For those who want to do this exercise, start with a kettlebell that you can easily lift with both hands…definitely don’t choose a kettlebell that you can barely lift off of the gym floor.

You will need to bend your knees, do a squat and lift the kettlebell with both hands. Stand up, then squat again to put it down. Once you feel ready to swing it, lift it again in the same manner, then start slowly swinging it backwards between your legs (slightly), and forwards in a steady motion several times. Once you feel comfortable, you can get a swinging momentum going, and swing it straight out in front of your head. Finally, you can try swinging it directly over your head. Always be sure to squat when you pick it up and put it down, and also be sure to keep your back straight during the workout.

Swinging a kettlebell can be fun, and was never an exercise that I dreaded when starting out. It is a great way to strengthen your core because you have to use your core muscles to lift and swing it, and you get a side benefit of strengthening your arms as well. Personally, it is one of my favorite exercises I do at the gym. Of course, it is always good to check with your doctor before starting a workout routine.