5 HardCORE Ab Workouts

Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. No, you’re not munching on some delicious potato chips. You’re trying to get fit (good for you!). If you’re not seeing results yet, don’t fret. Change things up with these hardcore (and highly effective) tummy torchers.

The Side Crunch

  • Kneel on the floor and lean your body all the way to the right, placing your right palm on the floor.
  • Extend the left leg out, keeping your toe pointed.
  • With your left hand behind your head, lift your left leg and straighten your left arm towards your toes while bringing your rib cage toward your hip.
  • Do six to eight reps on each side.

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Circle Crunches

  • Lie on the ground with your hands behind your head, knees bent, and feet flat on the floor.
  • In a circular motion, crunch to your left and move to your right.
  • Alternate between clockwise and counterclockwise and do three sets of 10 to 12 reps.

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Twisting Crunches

  • Lie on the ground with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor and hands behind your head.
  • Crunch upwards and bring your right elbow to your left knee, return to the floor then crunch upwards and touch your left elbow to your right knee. That’s one.
  • Do three sets of 10 to 12 reps.

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Prone Plank

  • Get into a pushup position and tighten your abs.
  • Hold the pose for as long as possible, upping the time as your strength builds.
  • For a real challenge, do it with one arm.

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Upright Rows

  • Sit upright with your knees and feet slightly raised.
  • Hold the position and make a motion like you’re rowing a boat.
  • Do three sets of 10 to 12 reps.

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