5 Great Ab Workouts That Don’t Involve Crunches
If you’re sick of going to the gym, grabbing an ab mat, and simply doing crunch after crunch to get those abs you want-we’ve got what you’re looking for! There are thousands of ways to work your abs that don’t involve the typical crunch, so we’ve complied a list of some of the best to; get your heart rate going, abs working, and probably leave you a bit sore the next day! Try them out and tell us what you think!
- Inching Elbow Plank
How to do it: Begin in an elbow plank position (as seen in the first picture), hands clasped, with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Step your left foot towards your hands as you begin to lift your hips up slightly, quickly taking another step in with your right foot, lifting hips a little more. Step the left foot in again, lifting your hips higher and then again with the right, so that your hips end lifted high in a pike position. Slowly inch back out, reversing the way you walked in, until you return to the starting plank pose. That’s one rep.
Do 3 sets of 10 repetitions
2. Mountain Climber
From a high plank position, with your body straight and hips level, lift right foot and draw right knee to chest between your hands. As you return right leg to plank, lift left foot and draw left knee to chest between your hands. Continue to alternate as quickly as possible, keeping your core tight and without hiking your hips.
Do 3 sets of 25 repetitions
Sit down on the floor, with your back at a 45-degree angle from the ground and your knees pulled up into a tuck position. Your arms should be straight in front of you, fingers pointed forward, with your knees between them. You will be balanced on your tailbone.
Then, extend your legs forward, pointing the toes, while leaning back to maintain the balance. Keep your back straight, and your arms pointing towards your feet. Return to the start position to complete 1 repetition.
Do 3 sets of 12–15 reps.
4. Barbell Hip Thrust
Sit on the floor with your upper back against a stable bench, your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Put a padded barbell across your hips and grab the barbell with an overhand grip, about shoulder-width apart.
Keeping your back against the bench and the barbell just below your pelvis, raise your hips — while squeezing your glutes — until your hips are in line with your body. Return to the starting position, and repeat.
Do 3 Sets of 12 repetitions
5. Overhead Circles With Medicine Ball
Stand with your feet hip-width apart with a slight bend in your knees. Keeping your spine in neutral, lift a five- to eight-pound medicine ball overhead. Begin to circle the ball to the right, in the largest circles you can make, while maintaining a still and stable torso. Circle eight times to the right; then repeat, circling eight times to the left. Do three sets.