These standing abs exercises will get you off the floor and work your core like never before.
Stand Up, Work Your Core
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Traditional core work has a way of looking the same—namely, it tends to take you down to the floor. But since your core plays such a huge role in keeping you upright (giving you that lovely, erect posture), it only makes sense that standing abs exercises offer plenty of benefits, too. In fact, with a standing abs workout, you'll engage more muscles at once, improve your postural support, and burn more calories than most traditional floor exercises. Plus, you don't need a lot of space to move. Try the below exercises at home, in your hotel room, or at the gym (no lying on any dirty floors required). And when you're ready to get back down on the floor? This intense floor abs workout takes less than 15 minutes.
How it works: Do 3 sets of the recommended number of reps for each exercise below. For best results, do this routine after your regular strength or cardio session up to four days a week.
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Stand with feet together, knees slightly bent, hands behind head, and left heel lifted. Brace abs in tight and lift left knee up as right shoulder rotates towards knee (try to touch). Lower back to start. Do 20 reps per side.
Extended Toe Touch
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Stand on right leg, knee slightly bent, with left leg extended low behind hip. Extend right arm straight overhead, palm facing forward. Slightly extend spine and lift chest, raising left leg as high as you can, reaching right arm up. Scoop abs into spine and sweep left leg forward, reaching right hand to toes. Return to start. Do 10 reps per side.
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Begin in a split stance with left foot forward, knees slightly bent, hands behind head. Engage abs and hinge forward from hips, keeping spine naturally straight, until chest is almost parallel to floor. As body returns upright (maintaining flat back), rotate torso to the left, looking back over left shoulder. Do 15 reps per side.
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Stand with feet together, knees bent, hands clasped, and arms extended overhead. Take a wide step out to the side with left leg as arms chop down to left hip. Bring left foot back to right and swing arms overhead to the right. Do 20 reps per side.
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Stand on left leg, right leg bent behind body, foot lifted low. Bend left knee and lean forward, reaching right arm to the floor in front of left foot, extending left arm up behind body. Jump off left foot and leap to the right, bending elbows and bringing hands together in mid-air. Land on right leg, with knee bent, reaching left arm to right foot, right arm extended behind body. Repeat to the other side. That's one rep. Do 10 reps. (Want to add some weights to your workout? These are the best weighted abs exercises for a strong, sculpted core.)