Lately we’ve been seeing an influx of trends involving foam roller fitness. Foam rollers have primarily been used by physical therapists and fitness coaches as a device to roll out knots and tight spots in sore muscle groups. The latest trend we’ve been seeing is foam rollers being used as a method to get fit, instead of just as a recovery tool.

Foam rollers are an inexpensive, accessible piece of equipment that can help sculpt abs, by engaging your core while utilizing the roller. Utilizing a foam roller challenges your balance and engages your core to work even harder than it would on a flat surface.

Check out our list of a few moves to help you get fit with a foam roller:

Rolling Lunge:

Bend your front knee, and extend your back leg out straight as you lower into a lunge. Allow  your shin to slide over the top of the roller. Slowly rise out of the lunge bringing the roller in towards you as you stand. Repeat and alternate sides to complete 10 reps on each side.

Leg Lifts:

Place the foam roller behind your back positioning the foam roller up and down in line with your spine. Have your knees bent with your feet flat on the floor, place your hands behind your head, elbows pointed out. Begin to peel your head and shoulders off the roller without pulling on the back of your head. Slowly lift one foot slightly off the floor, alternate for a total of 10 reps.

Plank:

Place the foam roller in front of you and place both hands on the foam roller and lift your body up for full plank. For a modification begin by planking on knees until you build up strength for full plank. The foam roller serves as an unstable surface therefore making your core muscles engage more. Hold for 30 seconds, repeat 2x.

These are just a few exercises you can complete with a foam roller. For more information and more ways to utilize a foam roller visit Shape.com.