5 Exercises for Your Strongest Core Ever

Follow the workout or incorporate these moves into your own routine.

Abs, abs, abs! Having strong abdominal muscles is a common goal among both men and women. And yet, abs too often remain elusive. Different trainers prefer different abdominal exercises. These are five of our best ab exercises. We’ve found them to be some of the most effective at creating strength and definition.

You can incorporate these moves into your own ab routine or follow the workout outlined below.

What You’ll Need: a gym timer (free apps are available for download), a light dumbbell (2-8 lbs) and a mat to lay on the floor.

What to Do: Perform each exercise for 50 seconds with 10 seconds of rest in between. Rest for for 30-60 seconds and repeat.

Beginners: 2 rounds
Intermediate: 3 rounds
Advanced: 4 rounds

Below, we’ve included videos showing how to perform each move. Using proper form helps prevent injuries and ensures you’re getting the most out of your workout.

1. Mountain Climbers
2. Jackknife Crunch
3. Straight Leg Sit Ups
4. Russian Twist
5. Plank

Mountain Climbers

Jackknife Crunch

Straight Leg Sit Ups

Russian Twist


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Sofia Lopez

Sofia received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from San Francisco State University. She creates workouts and fitness challenges. Her hobbies include running, hiking, and listening to audiobooks from the exercise bike.

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