Get a Complete Ab Burn With This Quick Core Workout

Get a Complete Ab Burn With This Quick Core Workout

If you find yourself with three minutes to spare, it’s time to get on the floor. Whether it’s right when you wake up in the morning, while waiting for your coffee to brew, after a cardio workout, or during a commercial break while watching TV, in just a few minutes you can do these five core-carving exercises that’ll leave your abs burning. Then end with an ab stretch and you’re done!

| Butterfly Crunch

  • Lie on your back with your knees open and the soles of your feet together (in a butterfly position). Lengthen your arms overhead so they are resting on the floor.
  • Exhale and bring your hands and knees toward each other, performing a full-body crunch. Your shoulder blades should be off the mat as you perform a small reverse crunch, lifting your pelvis a bit off the mat. Hold this position for a moment, and really feel your abs squeezing.
  • Slowly lower your arms and feet back to starting position to complete one rep.
  • Do as many reps as you can for 30 seconds.

| Bicycle Crunches

  • Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground (pull your abs down to also target your deep abs). Interlace your fingers, and put your hands behind your head.
  • Bring your knees in toward your chest, and lift your shoulder blades off the ground.
  • Straighten your right leg out to about a 45-degree angle to the ground while turning your upper body to the left, bringing your right elbow toward the left knee. Make sure your rib cage is moving and not just your elbows.
  • Now switch sides, and do the same motion on the other side to complete one rep (and to create the “pedaling”” motion).
  • Do as many reps as you can for 30 seconds.

| V Crunch

  • Lie on your back