Here’s the scenario: you have the best intentions of ending your workout with some solid core work. But by the time you get to the mat, you’re so over it. You go through the motions of some half-assed crunches, a couple of sit-ups, and a mediocre plank while you scroll through Instagram. Sound about right? Sure it does. Because let’s face it, abs exercises are straight-up Boringsville, population: you.
But while we’re all guilty of phoning in core workouts now and then, it’s also a well-known fact that a strong midsection is the foundation of a strong body. It helps you stand up straighter, squat heavier, even run faster. (And it doesn’t look too shabby in a crop top either.) So what’s the solution? Make abs training something you actually want to do, not just the snoozefest at the end of your workout. Time to give your old standard crunches and planks the heave-ho and bring in some fresh blood that not only targets your abs, but also challenges your whole body.
These seven unique moves will wake up every square inch of your abdominals, especially your transverse abdominus and obliques, while working your back, butt, and even your shoulders. Perform 12-15 reps of each exercise (on both sides for the unilateral ones), then if you have time, go back to the top and repeat for a bonus round. Try it 1-2 times per week for a noticeably stronger core. For more of a challenge, increase the rep range.