A strong, sculpted core is essential for a fit and healthy body. It’s also one of the most difficult body parts to target and keep toned.
For busy professionals looking for an efficient workout that focuses on the abdominals, here are 10 of the best ab exercises you can do in just 10 minutes.
Plank: The plank is a great way to start your ab workout because it works all of your core muscles at once. Start by getting into a high plank position with your arms straightened out and your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Hold this pose for 30 seconds, keeping your abs tight and your back straight throughout the entire duration of the exercise.
Toe touches: Lie on the floor with your legs extended and arms reaching towards the ceiling. Lift up both legs at a 45-degree angle from the ground and reach up towards them with both hands, alternating sides each time. Do 15 reps on each side for a total of 30 reps per set.
Mountain climbers: Get into a high plank position with both arms straightened out beneath you and your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. Then bring one knee up towards your chest while keeping the other leg extended behind you, alternating legs as quickly as possible without losing form or balance. Aim for 30 seconds per set or 20 reps on each side if you’re feeling extra ambitious!
Russian twists: Sit on the floor with both feet flat against the ground and arms reaching out in front of you at shoulder level, holding onto either side of an object such as a medicine ball or dumbbell (optional). Twist from side to side as far as possible without lifting off from the floor and aim for 15 reps in total per set (alternating sides each time).
Scissor kicks: Lie down flat on your back with both arms stretched out above you, palms facing down towards the ground (optional). Raise both legs up off of the ground at a 45-degree angle while alternately crossing one over top of another like scissors blades—keep switching sides every five reps until you’ve done 20 reps in total per set!
Bicycle crunches: Lie down flat on your back with both hands behind your head (optional) while bringing one knee up towards its opposite elbow by crunching forward while twisting from side to side—alternate sides after each rep until you’ve done 20 reps in total per set!
Leg raises: Start by lying down flat on your back with both hands beneath either hips (optional) while raising both legs straight up off of the floor until they reach 90 degrees before slowly lowering them back down again—aim for 15 reps in total per set!
Single-leg V-ups: Begin by lying down flat on your back with one leg bent at 90 degrees while simultaneously raising it above you into a V shape before lowering it back down again—switch legs every five reps until you’ve done 20 reps in total per set!
Jackknife sit-ups: Start by sitting upright with knees bent and feet flat against the ground before extending them outwards like an airplane wing before coming back up again into an upright position—aim for 15 reps in total per set!
Reverse crunches: Begin by lying down flat on your back with hands underneath either hips (optional) while bringing both knees towards their respective elbows by crunching upwards before slowly releasing them downwards again—alternate between right/left sides after each rep until you’ve done 20 reps in total per set!
Ten minutes may not seem like enough time to get an effective abdominal workout but if done correctly, these ten exercises can give you results that will last long after those 10 minutes have elapsed – making it easier than ever before to isolate those abs even when life gets hectic!
Busy professionals can easily fit these exercises into their day - no special equipment required - giving them greater control over their health goals without sacrificing too much time or energy along their journey towards fitness success!
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