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Resistance Band Ab Exercises

3 Ab Moves to Do With a Resistance Band

Looking to shake up your quest for a six-pack? All you need is a resistance band. These three moves beat boredom and are great to do while you travel, since throwing a resistance band into your suitcase requires barely any space. Find out how to do these three resistance band ab exercises below.

Half Boat With Wings

Balancing on your bum while your legs push against the resistance band requires lots of ab strength. Feel the burn with the half boat with wings:

  • Sit on a mat with your legs in front of you with your feet together. Wrap the resistance band over your quads and under your hamstrings so you're forming an X with the band and so the handles are on either side of your legs. Lift your legs and bend your knees slightly as shown, balancing on your bum.
  • Engage your abs and keep your back straight and chest lifted. Pull on the band as you push your legs out to the sides, then bring them back in. This counts as one rep. Adjust the band if you need more or less resistance.
  • Do three sets of 15 reps without lowering your legs.

Watch our video on resistance band moves to see how to do the half boat with wings.

One-Arm Seated Row With Rotation

  • Sit on a mat with your legs out in front of you. Loop one side of the band over your right foot and control the tension by holding onto more or less of the band as needed (the more slack you give, the easier it will be.).
  • Hold onto the left handle of the resistance band with your left hand. Keeping your left arm low, with your elbow at a 90-degree angle, rotate to your left as you pull your left wrist to your waist. Rotate back to center.
  • Do 15 reps, then repeat with the resistance band on your left foot, rotating to the right.

Read on for one more ab-defining move.

Flutter Kicks

This move strengthens abs and thighs at the same time. To do the flutter kick:

  • Sit on a mat or carpeted floor. Loop one handle of the resistance band on either foot. Hold on to the middle of the tube with both hands and lie on your back.
  • Draw your naval toward your spine and press your low spine into the floor to protect your lower back, then lift both legs up so they are almost pointing straight up toward the ceiling.
  • Holding the band securely, scissor your legs up and down one at a time, starting with the left leg. Move slowly and point your toes. Each time your right foot lowers down counts as one set.
  • Complete 10 to 15 reps.

Read about how to make this resistance-band move more difficult here.

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