Quick Bodyweight Core Finisher

A quick core finisher to add to your next workout!

As some of you know, I work with an incredible trainer for my strength workouts. It’s a blast, and she is so good at creating fun programs. Even still, I love mixing it up and trying new things in my workouts.  One of my favorite ways to add variety into my routine is using finishers.

What’s a finisher?

A finisher is a quick, intense burst of activity at the end of your training session that should ramp your heart rate and “finish” off the muscles you just fatigued in your workout.

Why use them?

Incorporating finishers into your workout can increase calorie burn, both during and after your workout.  Remember that just a little bit adds up! Adding five minute finishers could be the metabolic lift you need to see results. They also are just plain fun!

To give you an idea of what a finisher can look like, I finally wrote up the core finisher I have been using at the end of my resistance workouts over the last few weeks. It incorporates both cardio and core in a descending ladder style.

A descending ladder just means that you will start with 10 reps of one exercise and 1 rep of the other, subtracting 1 rep from the first exercise and adding 1 rep to the other until reaching the allotted number of reps. For example, with this finisher, you will complete 10 burpees and 1 pike in the first round. Rest as needed. Then complete 9 burpees and 2 pikes.

Quick Core Finisher


  • Add a push up to your burpee
  • Use a weight in your hands for the pike


  • Remove the jump from your burpee
  • Perform a suitcase crunch instead of a pike

I decided to do something a little different and filmed the whole workout. Let me know if you like this format!

Have you tried adding finishers to your workout?

5 thoughts on “Quick Bodyweight Core Finisher

  1. You make it look so easy! Sweating like a pig over here! Thanks for the video 🙂

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