Abs and Core Exercises

10 Upper-Body Moves That Build Your Core Too

Never neglect your abs again with these 10 dual-purpose upper body exercises.



Pullups are a phenomenal exercise to build a strong grip and wide back, but you can amp them up with a move that blasts your core, too.


Grab a pullup bar and lift your legs in front of you so your body forms an L. Hold this position, squeeze your shoulder blades together, and pull yourself up.

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Single-Arm Dumbbell Bench Press

With a single-arm bench press, you’ll increase your core strength and strengthen each side independently, reducing injury-causing asymmetries.


Lie on a flat bench with your feet firmly planted into the ground and your shoulder blades squeezed together. Hold a dumbbell or kettlebell on one side and press above.

Pushup with One-Arm Reach

Sculpt a bigger chest and stronger core with this pushup variation. By putting one arm on a sliding surface and reaching forward, you’ll amp the intensity on the other arm and challenge your total-body stability.


Place one palm on a slideboard or Valslide. From the pushup position, descend into a pushup while simultaneously reaching forward with the hand on the sliding surface. When you’re at the bottom of the pushup, your sliding arm should be locked out.

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