5-Minute Abs

The quick ab workout designed to target your entire core!

This week, we’re bringing you a quick ab workout that’s designed to engage every muscle in your core. The workout consists of five simple moves performed for one minute each. Hip twists and Russian twists target your obliques and transverse abdominals, the muscles on the side of your torso. The jackknife crunch targets your upper abs, while the leg lifts target your lower abs. Finish it off by challenging yourself to hold a plank for 60 seconds. You’ll feel your entire middle region shaking!

This workout is great for people who lack the time or money for a gym. It can easily be performed in the confines of your living room and requires no weights or fancy equipment.

What You’ll Need: Gym timer (Gymboss is a free to download app), workout mat or beach towel

What to Do: Cycle through these exercises, performing each for 60 seconds with no break in between. Rest for 30-90 seconds before repeating.

Beginner Level: 1 cycle
Intermediate Level: 3 cycles
Advanced Level: 5 cycles

Move up a level whenever you no longer feel the workout is challenging. Below are videos showing how to perform each exercise. Using proper form prevents injuries and ensures that you get the most out of your workout.

1. Hip Twist
2. Jackknife Crunch
3. Russian Twist
4. Leg Lifts
5. Plank

Hip Twist

Jackknife Crunch

Russian Twist

Leg Lifts


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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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