If you have five minutes and a place to sit, you can work on your six pack. These five moves work your entire core in almost no time. Take a break and tone your midsection with this ab workout!
Seated Trunk Twist
- Sit on the ground with your legs extended out in front of you, and lean ever so slightly forward.
- Keeping your elbows relaxed, lift your hands so they are even with the bottom of your rib cage.
- Pull your navel to your spine, and twist slowly to the right touching the floor by your hip. The movement is not large and comes from the ribs rotating. Inhale through center and rotate to the left. This completes one rep.
- Repeat for one minute.
- Lie on your back and reach your arms at rigid your side, off of the floor. Lift your legs off the floor and point them so they are at about a 45-degree angle. Lift your head so your shoulders are off of the floor as well.
- When ready to begin, lift your upper torso off the floor and bend your knees. You can lean back to make this move harder or come up more to make it easier. Lower back down to the floor so your legs are straight out and your back is on the floor, but not your head, shoulders, or legs.
- Repeat for one minute. Keep your abs engaged as you perform this move instead of relying on gravity; if it gets too hard, keep your knees bent as you lower down.
Elbow Plank With Arm Reach
- Start in an elbow plank, then walk your legs apart until they are a bit wider than your hips.
- Keeping torso stable, lift your right arm up and forward. Hold this position for two seconds, then return to elbow plank.
- Repeat with the left arm. This completes one rep.
- Repeat, alternating arms, for one minute.
Continue reading to learn the rest of this five-minute ab workout.
- Lie on your back on the floor. Place your hands on the floor beside you.
- Bring the knees in toward the chest with your feet together.
- Use your abs to slowly curl the hips off the floor and into your chest, then slowly lower them back to the starting position to complete one.
- Repeat for one minute. Don't swing your legs to create momentum; use your abs to control your movement.
- Lie flat on the floor with your lower back pressed to the ground (pull your navel in to also target your deep abs).
- Put your hands behind your head, then bring your knees in toward your chest and lift your shoulder blades off the ground, but be sure not to pull on your neck.
- 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.
- Repeat for one minute.