These must-have exercises will help you tone up your stomach, and the best part is that they can be done virtually anywhere. Whether you're looking for a new circuit for the gym or moves to do during a commercial break at home, these exercises deliver.
Accordions1 of 15
Sit in a "V" position with your knees bent and your arms outstretched or behind your head. Unfold your body, keeping your core tight and controlled, then return to your starting position.
Bird Dogs2 of 15
Start on all fours with your knees under your hips and your hands beneath your shoulders. Extend your right leg behind you and extend your left arm in front of you. Slowly raise your arm and leg, being careful not to arch your back. Squeeze your abs and glutes, then slowly lower your arm and leg to starting position. Alternate sides.
Ab Slide Outs3 of 15
Start on all fours with your knees stacked under your hips. Using an ab roller, towel or even a paper plate, stretch your arms out in front of you until you're nearly parallel to the floor. Then use your abs to pull yourself back to the starting position. Focus on keeping your stomach tucked in. Beginners may need to work their way up to the full extension.
Burpees4 of 15
Begin by standing up straight, then squat low to the ground and position your hands on the floor in front of you. While contracting your abs, kick your feet back to a push-up position. Complete one push-up, then immediately jump your feet back to the squat position. Jump once before squatting back down and repeating the process.
Leg Raises5 of 15
Lay flat on your back with your arms on either side. Keeping your hands stuck to the floor and your upper body still, use your abs to bring your legs up to a 90-degree angle. Swing them back down without touching the ground.
Flutter Kicks6 of 15
Lie on your back with your arms by your side. Elevate your head until your shoulder blades are just off the floor, and lift your feet six inches off the ground. Alternate kicks, keeping your upper body elevated and tight and your abs contracted.
Mountain Climbers7 of 15
Starting in a push-up position, quickly bring one knee to your chest, and then switch to the other knee. Perform this move as quickly as possible for full cardio benefits.
Pikes8 of 15
Think of this move as the opposite of Accordions. Start in an elevated plank position with your feet on a towel or paper plate. Using your abs to pull your feet in, create a "V" position, then slide your feet back to the starting position.
Plank9 of 15
Lie down with your forearms on the floor and your elbows beneath your shoulders. Your feet should be flexed with your toes on the floor. Rise up on your toes, so that your body creates a straight line a few inches off the floor. Contract your ab muscles as you hold.
Plank to Push-Up10 of 15
Start in plank position on your forearms, then elevate to your hands one at a time, keeping your hips balanced. Do a push-up then return to the starting plank position.
Russian Twists11 of 15
Sit in a "V" position with your knees bent and ankles crossed. With or without a medicine ball (up to you), twist your torso from side-to-side in a controlled motion.
Side Plank12 of 15
Start by lying on one side with your feet stacked together and your forearm supporting your weight. Using your abs, raise your hips and push up onto the sides of your feet, with your elbow directly under your shoulder. Hold this position. Alternate sides.
V-Ups13 of 15
Lay flat on your back with arms stretched overhead. Contract up and raise your arms and legs out in front of you in a "V" position in the air. Hold.
Weighted Sit-Ups14 of 15
Holding a dumbbell or weighted plate to your chest, perform a traditional sit-up. If exercising at home, use a heavy household item like a gallon of milk or an encyclopedia.