Kirsty Godso’s 5 steps to strengthen & sculpt your mid-section

Kirsty Godso, ab workout, 98 Riley Street

Are you bored of sit-ups and planks? Or maybe you’re looking for a more challenging ab workout? Luckily, Nike Master Trainer, Kirsty Godso (follow her fitspo instagram account here), is here to get you out of your workout rut. The fitness guru has shared her favourite ab-tastic move that helps to strengthen and sculpt her mid-section.


A strong core is the foundation for a strong body and will help you move with more speed and strength in all of your other activities. With this in mind, this 5-step workout will help target your entire core, improving functional core strength and stabilisation – simple and effective, it’s a win win workout.

Kirsty’s 5-Step Strong Core Workout

Photography by Bianca Cheah | Location 98 Riley Street, Sydney | Kirsty wears Nike

Kirsty Godso, Ab workout, Nike Master Trainer

Step 1:

From a seated position, place right hand under your right shoulder

Kirsty Godso, Ab workout, Nike Master Trainer

Step 2:

Place one foot on top of the other and lift your body off the floor ensuring hips are stacked and your body is a in a long line. Your feet should line up with your hips and your shoulders. Reach top arm up. Reduced intensity option is to either stagger the feet or drop your bottom knee to the ground.

Kirsty Godso, Ab workout, Nike Master Trainer

Step 3:

Extend both top arm and leg long and away from each other. Make sure you keep a slight bend in the elbow of your grounded arm and brace core tight to keep your body in a straight line.

Kirsty Godso, Ab workout, Nike Master Trainer

Step 4:

Crunch top elbow to top knee to meet in the middle of the body. Focus on trying to draw your elbow as close as you can to your knee whilst keeping your bottom hip lifted so you’re working both sides of the obliques.

Kirsty Godso, Ab workout, Nike Master Trainer

Step 5:

Extend arm and leg back away from each other and repeat crunch sequence.

Kirsty Godso, Ab workout, Nike Master Trainer

*Try and do this with perfect form for 30 seconds then repeat on the other side.

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Kirsty Godso
Kirsty Godso is a global Nike Master Trainer based in Auckland, New Zealand but largely spends her time traveling the world for Nike leading Nike Training Club workouts. Her specialty is in High-Intensity Interval Training and the only thing she loves more than working out, is getting other people to workout with her. With a strong focus on women’s training and one of the faces of Nike Women, her goal is to get women to fall in love with how they feel when they exercise more so than how they look. It’s not all serious with her though, she will train you hard but have you laughing at the same time. She trains anyone from world class athletes to media to thousands of girls at at time at Nike events and loves every minute of it.