Standing abs workouts are a great way to work your entire core thoroughly, without ever having to drop to the mat to do a traditional crunch.
Standing abs exercises are an easy way for people to tone up their midsection without causing any extra strain on the back. Because so many people have trouble keeping a flat back during core mat exercises, this version of a core workout can help you work the muscles you need to without sacrificing form.
As an added bonus, all of these exercises incorporate lots of different muscle groups. For example, you will likely notice that your butt, thighs, shoulders, and arms all have to pitch in in order to get this workout done. Because so many different muscle groups are engaged, you may actually burn more calories with this routine than you would with mat based core workouts. Yet another bonus of this routine is that it's a beginner friendly, low impact workout that is very easy on the joints.
It's very important that you stay tuned in and aware of your body throughout this whole routine. Because of the nature of these standing abs exercises, you can very easily cheat your way through this workout and make it feel a lot easier than it should be. In order for this to be maximally effective, concentrate in engaging or contracting your core muscles throughout all of these exercises. Step up the challenge and the toning benefit by pretending as if you are “working against” yourself, and really squeezing those muscles through the entire range of motion. Limp your way through this routine and it becomes a very low impact, very easy cardio workout; focus during this workout and you will be very surprised at how much you feel these seemingly easy bodyweight exercises. You can also make the routine much more challenging by holding onto a dumbbell during these exercises.
45 Seconds On; 10 Seconds Rest
No equipment; optional dumbbell
- Lateral Steps + Reaches
- Deadlift + Twists
- Side Lunge Toe Touches
- Dumbbell Chops
- Dumbbell Chops (other side)
- Stutter Step Pulls
- High Knee Twists
- Static Squat Twists
- 2 Twists + Knee
- Standing Jackknife
Make sure that you do at least a quick cardio warm up before you jump into this routine, as well as a cool down and stretch when you're finished.
Will this help me “get abs”?
First – everyone has abs! Some people's bodies just cleverly hide them underneath a layer of belly fat. If you want a toned, lean stomach, workouts like this one, along with total body strength training, cardio (intervals and /or HIIT are best) as well as a clean and healthy diet.
How long will it take for me to get abs?
It depends on your starting place. But if you implement healthy eating, various types of cardio and strength training, you will start to feel a difference in your body in as little as a week, and you may actually start to see noticeable changes shortly after. If it has been a couple of weeks and you find yourself growing impatient, just realize that it can take up to 2-4 weeks before you start to see more visible changes in your shape and/or bodyweight. In the end, it's best to decide that you are sticking with it no matter what, because healthy eating and these workouts absolutely do work – just be patient and you will start to see the changes you are working towards.
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