12 Great Abs Exercises You Never Heard Of

Ab Exercises 4-6

4.) The Prone Plank

A super-simple move that you can do anywhere. Blast your abs whenever you are in the mood.

Do it:

  • Get into a full pushup position with your palms on the floor beneath your shoulders.
  • Hold here for 30 seconds, with your abs contracted and your arms and legs extended and your head aligned with your spine.
  • As you build strength, hold this position longer, up to one minute.
  • Go deeper: Try the one-arm stable switching plank.
  • For a bigger challenge, touch your opposite elbow to your knee as you pull your arm and leg in.

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5.) Squat Thrust with Twist

This one puts a little stress on the back (which is good). Because of that, make sure you start slow at first and test where you start to feel any “tweaking” in your back.

Do it:

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and extend your arms in front of you at shoulder height.
  • Begin by squatting down, bending your knees 90 degrees, and twisting your upper body to the left.
  • Now come up and repeat the exercise to the right.
  • Keep your weight in your heels and don’t allow your knees to jut forward away from your toes.
  • Keep your knees facing forward as your chest and shoulders move side to side.
  • For the best results, bend your knees as close to 90 degrees as possible.

6.) The Climb Up

A new novel kind of “crunch”. You could just call it “Captain Crunch”.

Do it:

  • Start by lying on the floor with a 3-foot-long scarf or towel wrapped around the ball of your right foot, knees bent, left foot on the floor.
  • Hold the scarf in both hands, and extend your right leg, keeping your foot flexed.
  • Slowly walk your hands up the scarf as you lift your head and shoulders off the floor. Hold for a count of 2.
  • Now lower yourself back to the starting position, walking your hands back down the scarf.
  • Do two sets of 8 to 10 reps on each sides Be sure to keep your head neutral — don’t tuck your chin or tilt back.