Simple Ab Workout

These are arguably some of the best ab exercises out there. Let us know in the comments if you tried them or incorporated them into your workout routine! We suggest starting with 1 set of each, then building up to 2 or three sets three times a week. Happy abs, ladies!


1. The Roll-Out

Engages all ab muscles throughout the move.
HOW TO: Kneel with your hands (palms together) on an inflatable exercise ball placed about 1 foot in front of you. With abs engaged, press hands into ball and roll it away from you until your forearms rest on the ball. Hold; press arms into the ball as you roll it back to starting position. Do 8-10 reps.

2. Pilates Roll-Up

Works the six-pack and side ab muscles and stretches spine.
HOW TO: Lie on your back with legs extended and arms lifted to the ceiling. Inhale; engage abs. Keeping abs tight, roll chin downward and exhale as you slowly peel your back off the floor, keeping ribs down and reaching toward your tows. Inhale; roll slowly back to starting position. Do 8-10 reps.

3. The Dying Bug

Hits the hard-to-target deep, stabilizing muscles.
HOW TO: Lie on your back with arms and legs lifted straight to the ceiling, chin tucked and head lifted off the floor. Engage ab muscles and press your low spine into the floor as you lower your left leg and arm and bring your right arm back towards the floor. Return to starting position; repeat on opposite side for one rep. Do 10 reps.

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