Skip the crunches and two-minute plank holds and try these 21 effective abs exercises instead. These moves will strengthen your entire core as well as add a little variety to your regular abs routine.
If you think lunges only hammer your lower body, behold the goblet reverse lunge. Named for the way in which you hold the weight—vertically in front of your chest, with your hands cupped around the top—this lunge variation can work the muscles of your core harder than many abs exercises do.
"Your core must work overtime to stay upright and stable as the weight tries to pull your chest forward," says Gentilcore. And with so many muscles working at once, you'll burn more fat and build more muscle in less time.
You can do this abs exercise anywhere, anytime. All you need is a wall. “The single-arm wall push is a great total-body exercises that works your calves, glutes, hips, lats, shoulders, biceps, triceps—nearly every muscle from your feet to your hands,” says Jack.
And unlike a static plank, the single-arm wall-push trains core anti-rotation. That’s when your abdominal muscles keep your body from turning. This helps sculpt a six-pack and protects your lower back. If the muscles surrounding your spine are weak, your vertebrae are forced to stabilize your body instead, which can lead to injuries, Jack says.
You don't need to be part of a circus sideshow attraction to perform the kettlebell juggler. "When done at high-speed, this cutting-edge exercise fries fat and reveals your abs," says Gaddour.
As the kettlebell shifts from hand to hand in front of your body, your core has to stabilize to fight against the movement of your arms, and your biceps, shoulders, and back muscles need to work together to control the pace at which you are catching and releasing the kettlebell. Your lower-body will get a workout, too. You can perform this abs exercise with a bent waist to hammer your hamstrings and glutes or try it in a squat position to target your quadriceps. No matter which way you try it, you'll see bigger strength gains and a smaller waistline in less time.
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