These are 5 simple exercises you can add into your weekly or daily workouts to make them a little more interesting while targeting the abs. 

Most people think of abs as just the front or the side of the stomach area but the adnominal muscles are actually a collective known as the core! They also include many interconnected muscles that run up the back and stretch down to the bum and the inner thighs. 

Plank Hip Dips

Change up your plank by doing these simple steps:

Move from your waist. Whenever you twist, make sure the movement happens from your bottom rib up. Keep hips still.

Tighten up. Throughout each move, you should feel a tightening, similar to zipping up a pair of tight jeans, from one hip bone to the other.

Exhale deeply. To help strengthen your abs and protect your lower back, be sure to exhale thoroughly with every breath.

Medicine Ball Russian Twists

Try this two-in-one abs-and-obliques move

Sit so thighs and upper torso form a V shape, with lower legs crossed and lifted.

Hold a 5-pound medicine ball (or dumbbell) between both hands. Swivel left to right and back, bringing ball across body while maintaining the V shape.

Do 3 sets of 15 reps 3–4 times a week.

Low-Belly Leg Reach

This targets the corset and six-pack. Lie face up with knees bent to 90 degrees, hands behind head, and abs contracted. Keeping knees stacked over hips, lift shoulders and crunch up; inhale and hold for 3-5 seconds.

Exhale and extend legs to 45 degrees; hold for 3-5 seconds while squeezing lower belly. Do 2 sets of 10-15 reps.

Low-belly leg reach

This targets the corset and six-pack. Lie face up with knees bent to 90 degrees, hands behind head, and abs contracted. Keeping knees stacked over hips, lift shoulders and crunch up; inhale and hold for 3-5 seconds.

Exhale and extend legs to 45 degrees; hold for 3-5 seconds while squeezing lower belly. Do 2 sets of 10-15 reps.

Donkey kickbacks

A killer move that will torch calories as it works your core. Kneel on all fours, toes tucked under, keeping your back neutral.

Draw your belly in toward your spine as you contract your abs and lift both knees about 2 inches off the ground.

Keeping abs engaged, bring right knee to nose (shown). Then kick right leg straight out behind you, squeezing your butt (shown); keep lower abs contracted and hips facing the ground to protect your back.

Repeat 8 times; switch legs and repeat.

Cross-Leg Diagonal Crunch

Lie on your back with your legs straight and feet on the floor. Keeping your torso still, lift your hips and move them a bit to the right; lower and straighten your legs again.

Bend your left knee and cross it over your right leg, placing your left foot on the floor near the outside of your right knee. Crunch up, then come back down.

Do 50 reps, then switch sides and repeat.

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