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7 Abs Exercises You Can Do Every Day for a Stronger Core

Think of this circuit training routine as a mini-workout that can be done on its own or as a part of any other larger total-body workout you have planned. Katie Dunlop of Love Sweat Fitness crafted these moves so that you’ll hit every muscle in your core while still leaving room (read: energy) for you to make them a part of your everyday routine if you wanted. (P.S. Katie also has your recipe for cardio HIIT exercises that burn fat and reduce stress.)

Bottom line: There are officially no excuses for skipping core work. Get to it. 

How it works: You’ll perform each exercise in order for the reps allotted, then repeat the entire circuit twice or three times through depending on how long you want the workout to be.

Total Time: up to 30 minutes

You will need: No equipment

1. Leg Raise with Reverse Crunch

A.

Lying flat on floor, bring hands slightly under tailbone to support lower back. Raise both legs overhead at 90-degree angle from floor. 

B.

Inhale to lower both legs down to hover, and exhale as you raise them back up, lifting the hips slightly off the ground into a reverse crunch.

Sets:

3

Reps:

10

2. Bicycles

A.

Lying flat on floor with pelvis tucked, bring fingertips behind your head with elbows wide.  Lift right shoulder as you twist to bring right elbow toward left knee, extending right leg long. 

B.

Return to center, and in one fluid movement, alternate sides, bringing lifted left shoulder to meet right knee.

Sets:

3

Reps:

10 on each side

3. Boat Pose Twist

A.

Come to a seated position on floor. With chest lifted and core engaged, lift feet off floor and bring hands to heart center. 

B.

Twist torso and open chest to right side, while keeping everything else still. Rotate back through center, and then twist to opposite side. 

Sets:

3

Reps:

10 on each side

4. Scissors

A.

Lying flat on floor with legs long and hands behind your head, elbows out, left up from your shoulder blades and hold.

B.

Bring both legs up to hover 3 to 4 feet above ground as you simultaneously and continuously cross them over each other.

Sets:

3

Reps:

20

5. Toe Taps

A.

Lying on your back, bend knees to table top position with knees stacked over hips and core engaged. 

B.

Slowly lower bent right leg to tap toes to floor, return to starting position, then alternate, tapping bent left leg. Continue alternating. 

Sets:

3

Reps:

10 on each side

6. Butterfly Crunch

A.

Lie on your back, bring soles of feet to touch, knees open wide. Bring fingertips behind head with elbows wide. 

B.

Exhale as you lift shoulder blades off floor to crunch up bringing knees in toward chest. Lower legs back down in butterfly position. Option to alternate lowering legs back down in straight-leg position and crunching knees into chest. 

Sets:

3

Reps:

10

7. Hip Dip

A.

Begin in forearm plank position with pelvis tucked and straight line from heels to head.

B.

Twist hips from side to side, dipping left hip then right hip toward floor. 

Sets:

3

Reps:

20 on each side

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