Sculpting a solid six-pack doesn’t only happen in the gym. You don’t need bulky equipment and an expensive trainer to help you uncover those hidden muscles—it just takes the proper workouts! With these 10 ab-solutely awesome workouts that focus on your core, you’ll be on your way building rock-hard abs from the comfort of your home, your hotel or anywhere in between.
1. Pass It Around
Lie on your back, then lean forward and straighten your legs as much as possible, forming a slight “V” with your body. As you hold that position in place, continually pass a small weight or yoga block in between your legs as you rotate each one up and down. Try doing this for 30-60 seconds at a time.
2. Rainbow Twists
Lie on our back and lift both legs off the floor, keeping your knees bent at a 90-degree angle, like you’re sitting in a chair. Place your arms extended at your sides to form a “T”, then bring your knees to the right side of your body, lowering them toward the floor. Hold for 3 counts, then shift knees to the left. Repeat 8-10 times per side.
3. Sleeping Leg Lifts
Similar to the pass-around move, you’ll start by lying flat on your back with legs extended outward. The trick here is to be sure not to let your legs touch the ground completely—they should hover a few inches above the ground. Keeping your hands resting firmly on the ground at your sides, raise your right leg up as high as you can while holding your left leg in place, as straight as possible. Bring your leg down slowly in order to create some resistance and tap into your core muscles. Continue alternating between each leg for 15 to 20 repetitions.
Lie on your back with your arms and legs stretched out in an “X” position. Bring one arm straight up and diagonally across your body while lifting the opposing leg to meet your hand. Finish this move by lightly touching your shin or getting as close as your level of flexibility will allow. Alternate back and forth for each repetition—try 15 to 20 in a row!
5. Hip Lifts
Begin on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the ground and arms firmly on the ground at your sides. Engage your core, press into your heels and left your hips up until your body is a straight line between your knees and shoulders. Repeat 10 to 12 times per set at first, working your way up to 15 to 20 as your stamina increases.
6. Balancing Crunches
Lie on your back with your legs extended straight forward—they should hover a few inches above the ground, just like the sleeping leg lift move. Holding your legs in that position, raise your upper body like you would do with normal crunches, using your arms to help you stay balanced. Try doing this for 30 seconds at a time, or longer depending on your endurance level.
7. Shoulder Taps + Downdog
Yoga is primarily known to help strengthen your core, so why not incorporate it into your workouts? This hybrid exercise utilizes a common beginner level yoga pose: downward-facing dog. Start by getting into a push-up position with your arms extended straight. Keeping your hips as still as possible, lift one hand and tap on the opposite shoulder. Shift your weight to your back legs, then move back into your beginning push-up position. Continue this for 30 second intervals.
8. Plank Taps
Get into a plank position, with your legs extended straight and your elbows on the ground. Keeping your core as still as possible, lift one leg out towards your side, extending it as far as your flexibility will allow. Bring it back into plank position, then continue with the opposite leg. Try doing this for 10 to 20 seconds at a time.
This one might make you feel like a superhero when you’re finished! Start in a push-up position, holding your core as steady as possible. Lift your left foot off the floor, bringing your knee up towards your left elbow, and try to touch your foot to the ground. Return your leg to the push-up position and repeat on the other side. Try this for as long as you can go.
10. Reach for The Sky
Start in a push-up position. Keeping your center engaged and stable, raise one arm towards the ceiling, extending it straight out, then bring it back to your beginning position. Do the same move with the opposite arm, and continue alternating for 30 second intervals.
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