20 Terrific Tummy Tightening Exercises
There are a lot more exercises to work your abs than just crunches. Unfortunately, many people can’t think of more than 3 or 4 abdominal exercises, so they get tired of the few they know pretty quick.
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20 Terrific Tummy Tightening Exercises
- Reverse Crunch
- Cable Crunch or Kneeling Band Crunch
- Plate Crunch
- Bicycle Crunch
- Flutter Kick
- Oblique Crunch
- Snowboarder Crunch
- Crunch And Punch
- Toes to Bar
- Take It Or Leave It Abdominal Crunch
- Snow Angel
- Side V-up
- Knee Raise or Hanging Knee Raise
- Side Plank
- Pulse Side Plank
- 2-Point Stance
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slow bicycle crunch…killer!
Definitely #4! I love the cable crunch. It’s challenging, fun, you can continually add resistance, & it works. Over the last couple years I have worked really hard to lose weight. I started at 315lbs & am currently down to 169lbs. I’ve started lifting heavy the last 6 months or so & have seen dramatic changes in toning in my arms, legs, back & shoulders, but not so much in the abs, until I added in cable crunches a few weeks ago. They really deliver the results I want!! My second fave would def be planks! 😉
Toes to Bar
Stability Ball Lunge switch ups. Place one leg both lower shin and toes on the ball with the other leg in a bent knee lunge position and your hands on the ground in a pushup formation. Pull forward and raise the floor leg to the ball and as your rolling slightly back place the other leg on the ground. Each push forward you switch your legs. I do 3 sets of 20 on each side. Forced plank with low hip hinge movements for lower ab definition. Bonus, it works back (both lower and upper,) shoulders, chest, legs and butt…But kills abs.
I also like a three minute workout with 50 seconds on 5 seconds off. The first exercise is toes on a Swiss ball in plank and you tap alternating toes to the floor while balancing on one leg. Second exercise is get ups without using your arms. The third exercise repeats the first. you can only rest 5 seconds between the first and the second
My favorite exercises are the ones that challenge me, so my favorite ab exercise is plank to Pike with my toes balancing on a body ball or a Swiss ball. Try doing 25 of those without rest. And for even more of a challenge, after each plank do a pushup.
I love the good old fashion crunch, with a proper diet I always see results. 🙂
I love to v up wit a 45 pound plate n also the bicycle crunch
Choices, choices…… Well abs have recently become a much more “welcomed” exercise than ever before, so I have quite a few to list as my favorites! I don’t know the name of this first one, so I have to describe it: My newest favorite right now (that still has an affect on me currently) is one where you lay down with legs slightly spread and knees towards ceiling, feet on floor -hold a kettle bell with both hands extended all the way over the top of your head, but do not let it touch the ground behind you, then swing the kettle bell with straight arms up over your head all the way up towards ceiling, then at this point do a sit-up (still straight arms) to where the kettle bell ends up elevated well over your knees! Lay back down to starting position. REPEAT over and over 🙂 My next favorite is alternate side crunches on a very inclined bench that has the little spongy rolls you put your feet under, V-situps and alternate leg/arm V-situps, Dumb bell Russian Twist, Hanging leg raises in front and to the sides, Crunch on the Bosu Ball where you pull your pelvis up and in towards belly button while simultaneously crunching upper body upwards knees.
Twisting full sit-ups next to a bench step with a weight that you set down on the bench intermittently.
Weighted Russian twists 🙂
I love elevated plank with knee to elbow, head, and other elbow!!
Take It Or Leave It!
V-ups, side V-ups, side planks.
Side plank with leg lifted.
Hanging leg raises!!!
Peggy McCall Douglas
Hanging abs, windshield washer hanging abs, straight leg hanging abs
30 Swiss ball sit ups followed by 30 medicine ball twists, followed by 20 sit ups plus 20 medicine ball twists followed by 10 sit ups and 10 medicine ball twists – really tough but worth it. No rest in between.
Med Ball Slams
Hanging knee raise
almost forgot – V-UPS!!!
also love the Russian twists!
I also stumbled the post!
Hanging Leg Raises!
Planks. Plain and boring. Love/ hate them!
Hanging Knee Raises
Hanging knee raises! Love them!
Man it’s so hard to choose. I love them and do them all!! But I would have to say my fav ab exercise would be v up and reverse crunch.
Crunch & Punch
2 Point Stance
Debra Jolly Duque
Doing different types of planks.
Russian Twists with feet raised off the floor using a 10 lb medicine ball!
Yes!!! One of my fav.
monkey pull ups (pull your knees up to your chest as you pull up)
side crunches while hanging from bar
knees to elbows
Toes to bar
Love my oblique crunches…
V-ups is where it’s at!!
I belong to 2 bootcamps, one straight up cardio, 2nd one a little bit of cardio and a lot of upper and lower strength training. What I find (that gives me the burn) is: 7, 8, 14, and 19. Love them and hate them at the same time. I was looking at some Whey products yesterday, I wanted to see if could help with before and after recovery. There was too many to choose from so I walked away, needless to say I was a little overwhelmed.
Denise Rae Huggs
I like the standing abs workout I found on a fitness magazines website a couple years ago; dumbbell side bend, standing core stabilization, bow extension, and reverse dumbbell chop.
I had an old work injury that flares up when doing certain exercises, I can do all 4 of these without a problem and I still get nice tone.
My Favorite ab workout is Kettlebell canoes. Sit on your butt with your feet crossed and legs lifted. Put the weight on one side and move from side to side while not letting your legs drop.
Planks! Do all the planks!!
Leg raises and planks
Stability Ball V-Ups – Killer, but wonderful!
Pulse side planks! I have a LOVE and HATE relationship with these! My abs will hurt for a good day or two after doing these. 🙂
“stirring the pot” With elbows bent and forearms on stability ball, get in plank position. Pull your lower abdominals in and attempt to keep torso stable as your forearms move the ball- 10 times in clockwise direction and 10 times opposite way. Make it more difficulty by raising one foot off the floor.
Jackknives, cable crunches, hanging leg raises and weighted side bends.
I love the plate crunch, then come all the way up!
Get into camel pose with (2) 5 lb. weights, lean back and with straight arms twist/rotate side to side slow and controlled. 3 sets of 12 on each side
I do pool crunches – hang in the deep end with arm barbells and pull your legs up using only abs. Do obliques also by side pulling. Way hard with the weightlessness!
Bring on the Toe Ups!
Crunch and punch!!! 🙂
My favorite an exercise is toes to bar!!!!Ouch! They hurt but they work!!!
Hanging leg raises.
Great post! My personal favorite (these never fail to produce results) are hanging leg raises with a medicine ball between your knees. Killer burn= Powerful results!!
Kneeling Cable ab pull down/crunch
I love planks, they are my favorite!!
I didn’t know what planks were until a friend showed me. I have a chronoc pain disease and situp and crunches hurt my back. Planks are now a way to do ab workouts and not hurt so bad. 😉 So PLANKS it is for me!!!
oblique crunch !! 🙂
Planks are my fave!
Russian TwiST, plank on Swiss ball, t push ups, pikes on Swiss ball, reverse crunch,
Push up planks
I love V ups I feel it all over 🙂
All those crunches, your lower back will be screamin. I’m a fan of the DVRT lateral bag drag… Most bang for your buck.
I love Russian twists with a medicine ball!
Hanging knee raise with a @25 plate chained to the waist!
I feel the most from hanging leg raises and hanging side knee raises. Its a love/hate thing really!
Around the world in 2 minutes! 30 seconds each way! Begin with a face down plank, left side plank, face up plank, and right side plank. Make it more difficult by taking a second trip around the world and add motion to each plank move:) (knee kisses, hip drops, and kick outs)
Seated knee tucks
Mine is still the old stand by Crunch. I have tried Planks but still not good at them. I keep pushing.
Mountain climbers on a BOSU ball.
Plank with feet on a med ball
Russian twists with a 40 lb medicine ball.
Partner situps with medicine ball!
Twist to the fist!
Side plank on elbow. Have a 3 or 5 lb weight in opposite hand. Reach under your side with hand weight then reach up above your head.
Planks. They seem so easy to start with but they are deceptive.
Leg throw downs!
Dog crunches. I work out with my dog and As I crunch up I lift him.
Leg raise throw down using Bodylastics UltraAnchor. BURN BABY! BURN!
Plank on hands with feet on stability ball–hold for 1 min
Weighted Incline crunches w/dumbells
Plank with elbows on stability ball & feet on a step–hold for 1 min
Sit on stability ball. Holding an 8 lb (or heavier) medicine ball. Feet about shoulder width apart. Lean back while lifting the ball over your head. As you sit up, throw the ball to your partner to catch. The partner will throw it back as you start the process over. **really works!!**
C-crunch out into an iron cross with shoulder blade OFF the floor at ALL times!
GHD sit ups!!! Hurts to sneeze or cough after!
Plank- hands to forearms, back up
I love planks while moving legs alternately out and in…very effective…
Reverse Crunch and flutter kicks
I L.O.V.E. love toes to bar 🙂
Flutter kicks and planks!
Plank!! Love it!!
DDPYoga~ Red Hot Core 🙂
Planks are my favorite!
Side lunge with a lateral raise
Wall crunch with a twist. While laying on a stability ball plant your feet on the wall. While maintaining your balance twist to the side.
Mountain climbers using a stability ball
Oblique ball roll.
I don’t know the name for this but I like it! Grab a 5- to 10-pound medicine ball and kneel on the floor with your knees hip-width apart. Lengthen your spine and press the ball against your abs. Slowly lean back as far as possible, keeping your knees planted. Hold the reclined position for 3 seconds, then use your core to slowly come up to the starting position.
I love this move! It’s an Arm Pull over Straight-Leg Crunch. Grab a 10 pound weight lie on your back with your arms behind you. Extend your legs at a 45-degree angle. Bring your arms up over your chest and lift your shoulders off the mat while raising your legs until they’re perpendicular to the floor.
Walk the Plank and Rotate. Get in plank position with your hands on a aerobic step. With your weight on your left arm, rotate your body while raising your right arm toward the ceiling. Return to plank position and step your right arm down to the right of the bench, then your left arm down to the left of the bench.
Stability Ball Pelvic Tilt Crunch
Squat sweep. A basic squat with a dumbbell but as you squat you bring the weight to your side twisting your abs as you do.
Warrior III balance crunch. If you add a weight it helps as well
Standing oblique crunch with a weight
Low hover is basically a modified plank with a bend your left knee and lower it to the mat beneath your right knee
Cardio helps cut down on the waist line as well. 30 minutes every day really does help 🙂
Standing side twist
Ball curls. Seriously a stability ball is genius!
Lying hip twists
Lying leg lifts
Mountain climbers with a twist.
Pilates!!! You can feel the improvement as you dedicate yourself to a pilates program.
I love stability ball exercises for my abs!
Love the one where you lay on the ground and a partner tries to throw your feet to the ground while you try to resist
spider man planks
Weighted Russian Twists
Planks all varieties
PLANK! For those who complain about crunches and sit ups – NO EXCUSES!
7 stairs with your legs – lying down raise and lower your legs so that they get lower every time – as if you are going down stairs 7 times.
Russian twists, v-ups, weighted sit ups, in and outs, leg raises, bicycle crunches!!!
Stability ball ab pikes, hanging knee raises and hanging oblique crunches, c-sit star crunches, straight leg raises while on floor (hands under lower back lift and lower legs).
Lemons 'n Lyme
Lemons 'n Lyme
Lemons 'n Lyme
Russian twists sitting on a bosu
Lemons 'n Lyme
Lemons 'n Lyme
stability ball lateral sit-ups
Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream
While lying on your back, leg lift + hip raise!
Sammy @ Peace Love and Ice Cream
Side plank, ab tuck, front plank, knee to ops elbow – (both sides). side plank, (other side), ab tuck. front plank (knee to ops elbow and repeat
Lying straight-leg raises with a stability ball between your feet. Great for lower abs!
Planks, hip taps, Russian twist, v-sits, and reverse crunches! 🙂
Take it or Leave it!!
Debra L Nettleton
my favs are the jacknife and pick pockets!
My fav ab exercise is the rocking plank!!!
Doing the “100” (well OK, the “75”! HA!) on the Pilates Reformer!
Whilst laying down doing The alphabet with legs A-Z
Hanging Around The World.
Stability ball transfers.