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Ab Exercises

Tighten your abdominal muscles and protect your spine with the most effective ab exercises from the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Learn proper techniques and step-by-step instruction from America's Authority on Fitness. This large collection of exercises is also featured in complete workout routines that include full-body and at-home workouts. Whether you’re looking for beginner level training or advanced fitness programs, we have something here for everyone to target core muscle groups. Choose from a wide variety of lower ab exercises, standing trunk rotations, reverse crunches and more. If you have any questions or want to hear what leaders in the industry are saying, please see our Ask the Expert section.


Stability Ball Knee Tucks



Abs, Legs - Calves and Shins

Stability Ball

Seated Medicine Ball Trunk Rotations



Abs

Medicine Ball

Stability Ball Prone Walkout



Abs, Back

Stability Ball

Bird-dog



Abs, Back, Butt/Hips

No Equipment

Front Plank



Abs, Back

No Equipment

Stability Ball Dumbbell Fly



Abs, Chest

Dumbbells, Stability Ball

Stability Ball Dumbbell Overhead Triceps Extension



Abs, Arms

Dumbbells, Stability Ball

Stability Ball Dumbbell Press



Abs, Arms, Chest, Shoulders

Dumbbells, Stability Ball

Stability Ball Pikes



Abs, Shoulders

Stability Ball

TRX ® Suspended Lunge



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

TRX

Inverted Flyers



Abs, Butt/Hips, Full Body/Integrated, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

Bodyweight Squat



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Calves and Shins, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

Glute Activation Lunges



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

Partner Assisted Bodyweight Squats



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

V Sit Partner Rotations with Medicine Ball



Abs

Medicine Ball

BOSU® Lateral Jumps



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

BOSU Trainer

Childs Pose



Abs, Back, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

Forward Lunge



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

Forward Stepping over Cones



Abs, Butt/Hips

Cones

Half-kneeling Lift (Hay Bailer)



Abs

Medicine Ball

Half-Kneeling Wood Chop



Abs

Medicine Ball

Hexagon Drill



Abs, Butt/Hips, Full Body/Integrated, Legs - Thighs

Cones

Inchworms



Abs, Arms, Back, Chest, Full Body/Integrated, Shoulders

No Equipment

Jammer - Torso Rotations



Abs, Arms, Back, Chest, Full Body/Integrated, Shoulders

Barbell

Medicine Ball Lunge to Chest Pass



Abs, Back, Butt/Hips, Chest, Full Body/Integrated, Shoulders

Medicine Ball

Quadruped Bent-knee Hip Extensions



Abs, Butt/Hips

No Equipment

Single Leg Stand



Abs

No Equipment

Single-leg Stand with Airex Pad



Abs

Airex Pad

Standing Gate Openers (Frankensteins)



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

Standing Hamstrings Curl



Abs, Legs - Thighs

Resistance Bands/Cables

Standing Leg Extension



Abs, Legs - Thighs

Resistance Bands/Cables

Standing Lift (Hay Bailer)



Abs

Medicine Ball

Supine Hollowing with Lower Extremity Movements



Abs

No Equipment

Supine Snow Angel (Wipers) Exercise



Abs, Chest, Shoulders

No Equipment

Triceps Extension with Tubing (partner resisted)



Abs, Arms, Butt/Hips

Resistance Bands/Cables

TRX ® Atomic Push-up



Abs, Arms, Chest, Shoulders

TRX

TRX ® Back Row



Abs, Arms, Back

TRX

TRX ® Biceps Curl



Abs, Arms

TRX

TRX ® Single-arm Chest Press



Abs, Arms, Chest

TRX

Bear Crawl



Abs, Butt/Hips, Full Body/Integrated, Legs - Thighs, Shoulders

No Equipment

Standing Cable Rotation



Abs

Resistance Bands/Cables

Hip Rotations (Push-up Position)



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

Standing Wood Chop



Abs

Medicine Ball

Bent-Knee Sit-up / Crunches



Abs

No Equipment

Standing Medicine Ball Trunk Rotations



Abs

Medicine Ball

Side Plank with Bent Knee



Abs, Butt/Hips

No Equipment

Stability Ball Shoulder (Glute) Bridge



Abs, Back, Butt/Hips

Stability Ball

Supine Reverse Crunches



Abs

No Equipment

TRX ® Suspended Knee Tucks



Abs, Chest

TRX

Cobra



Abs, Back

No Equipment

Stability Ball Russian Twist



Abs, Back

Stability Ball

Lunge with Elbow Instep



Abs, Butt/Hips, Full Body/Integrated, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

BOSU® Squat Jumps



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

BOSU Trainer

TRX ® Single-arm Row



Abs, Arms, Back

TRX

Dirty Dog



Abs, Butt/Hips

No Equipment

Side Plank (Modified)



Abs, Butt/Hips

No Equipment

Supine Reverse Marches



Abs

No Equipment

Barbell Jammers



Abs, Butt/Hips, Full Body/Integrated, Legs - Calves and Shins, Legs - Thighs, Shoulders

Barbell

Forward Lunge with Arm Drivers



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

Glute Bridge



Abs, Butt/Hips

No Equipment

Lateral Over Unders



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment, Raised Platform/Box

Lunge with Overhead Press



Abs, Butt/Hips, Full Body/Integrated, Legs - Thighs, Shoulders

Medicine Ball

Medicine Ball Push-ups



Abs, Chest, Shoulders

Medicine Ball

Seated Side-Straddle Stretch



Abs, Back, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

Seated Straddle with Side Reaches



Abs, Back, Legs - Thighs

No Equipment

Side Plank with Straight Leg



Abs, Butt/Hips

No Equipment

Side-lying Arm Rolls (Db)



Abs, Shoulders

Dumbbells, No Equipment

Single-arm Medicine Ball Push-up



Abs, Arms, Chest, Shoulders

Medicine Ball

Single-leg Stand with Reaches



Abs

Medicine Ball

Stability Ball Sit-ups / Crunches



Abs

Stability Ball

Standing Hip Abduction



Abs, Butt/Hips

Resistance Bands/Cables

Standing Hip Adduction



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

Resistance Bands/Cables

Standing Low Cable Hip Abduction



Abs, Butt/Hips, Full Body/Integrated

Resistance Bands/Cables, Weight Machines / Selectorized

Standing Low Cable Hip Adduction



Abs, Butt/Hips, Full Body/Integrated

Weight Machines / Selectorized

Standing Single-leg Cable Rotation



Abs

Resistance Bands/Cables

Supine Bicycle Crunches



Abs

No Equipment

Supine Dead Bug



Abs

No Equipment

Supine Pelvic Tilts



Abs

No Equipment

Supine Rotator Cuff



Abs, Shoulders

No Equipment

Supine Spinal Twist with Rib Grab and Progressions



Abs, Back, Chest, Shoulders

No Equipment

TRX ® Chest Press



Abs, Arms, Chest

TRX

TRX ® Front Rollout



Abs

TRX

TRX ® Suspended Pike



Abs, Shoulders

TRX

Upward Facing Dog



Abs, Back

No Equipment

V-ups



Abs

No Equipment

Vertical Toe Touches



Abs

No Equipment

Walking Lunges with Twists



Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs - Thighs

Medicine Ball


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