8 Ab Moves That Work Better Than Crunches

This 10-minute ab workout will make your whole core stronger.

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You can crunch until you're literally blue in the face, but limiting your ab routine to that one move is never going to get you the flat stomach you're working toward. Instead, you need moves that target your obliques, the long muscles on the sides of the abdomen. Strengthening those muscles — via this easy routine from Nike Master Trainer Traci Copeland — will help tighten up your entire core for a sleeker look.

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All you'll need for this routine is a glider or dish towel. Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, and complete each exercise one after the other with little to no rest. After that, rest for 60 seconds, and then repeat the circuit.

1. Knee-Up

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A. From a seated position, place hands a few inches behind your butt. Lean back, keeping spine straight, and lift heels until calves are parallel to floor.

B. Extend legs straight, hovering a few inches off floor and lowering back until shoulders are a few inches off the floor. Hold for two seconds, then return to start. Repeat.

2. Twisting Knee-Up

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A. From a seated position, place hands a few inches behind your butt. Lean back, keeping spine straight, and lift heels until calves are parallel to floor.

B. Extend legs straight, hovering a few inches off floor and lowering back until shoulders are a few inches off the floor. Hold for two seconds, then bend legs to return to start, but twist toward right side. Repeat, then perform the move twice on the opposite side. Continue alternating.

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3. V-Up

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A. Lay on back, arms extended overhead and legs extended straight. Crunch up, reaching arms and legs toward each other while keeping spine straight.

B. Hold at the top, then lower back to start without letting shoulders or heels touch the ground. Repeat.

4. Y-T-W

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A. Lay flat on belly, arms extended overhead and legs straight behind you. Lift chest off floor, keeping chin tucked and arms extended forward in a Y position. Return to start.

B. Lift chest off floor and extend arms wide to sides in a T position. Return to start.

C. Lift chest off floor, bending arms and squeezing shoulder blades together in a W position. Return to start and repeat.

5. The B Girl

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A. Start in a crouch, knees bent and arms straight, hands directly below shoulders. Lift left arm and right leg, kicking right leg underneath the body to the left.

B. Return to start, then repeat on the other side. Continue alternating.

6. Plank Jack With Twist

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A. Start at the top of a push-up position, hands directly below shoulders. Jump legs out wider than hip-width apart, then back together.

B. Drive right knee toward left elbow, then return to push-up position. Jump legs out, then drive left knee toward right elbow. Continue alternating.

7. Knee Tuck

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A. Start in a push-up position with feet on a glider or dish towel. Slowly draw knees in toward chest.

B. Hold for two seconds, then slowly extend legs back out to push-up position. Repeat.

8. Plank Knee Drive

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A. Start in a push-up position with feet on a glider or dish towel. Slowly draw knees in toward left elbow.

B. Hold for two seconds, then slowly extend legs back out to push-up position. Repeat, drawing knees in toward the right elbow, then return to start. Continue alternating.

From: Redbook
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