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Get a Flat Belly in 10 Minutes

Get sexy abs without boring sit-ups with this ab workout. And get firmer arms, butt, and thighs while you're at it too!

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Karen Pearson
Chest flye with leg extension
Karen Pearson
Karen Pearson
Karen Pearson
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Pike and Extend

Targets: Abs, legs

  • a. Lie faceup on mat with legs extended over hips, arms overhead. Crunch up, reaching hands toward feet.
  • b. Keeping legs straight, bring arms back overhead as you lower upper back and left leg toward floor.
  • Crunch up, lifting left leg over hips and reaching hands to toes. Switch legs; repeat. Do 20 reps, alternating sides.

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Standing Side Crunch

Targets: Obliques, legs

  • Stand on left leg, left arm extended out to side at shoulder height, right foot lifted a few inches off floor to the side.
  • Place right hand behind head, elbow bent out to side at shoulder level, then lift right knee toward right elbow.
  • Do 15 reps; switch sides and repeat.

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Chest Flye with Leg Extension

Targets: Chest, abs

  • Lie faceup on mat, knees bent 90 degrees over hips, holding a dumbbell in each hand, arms extended over chest, palms in.
  • Keeping right knee bent, straighten left leg toward floor as you lower arms out to sides. Hold for 1 count, then return to start.
  • Do 10 reps. Switch legs; repeat.

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Knee-Up with Overhead Press

Targets: Shoulders, abs, glutes

  • Sit on mat with knees bent and feet on floor, holding dumbbells near shoulders, elbows by sides, palms in.
  • Lean back slightly and extend arms overhead as you lift feet a few inches off floor and bring knees toward chest.
  • Hold position for 1 to 3 counts; return to start. Do 15 reps.

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Lunge and Twist

Targets: Abs, glutes, legs

  • Stand with feet together. Lunge back with left leg, bending knees 90 degrees, and reach left hand to right foot.
  • Stand up, lift left knee in front of you to hip height, and bring fists to chest, bending elbows out to sides as you twist left. Twist to center, lunge left leg back, and repeat.
  • Do 15 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2008.

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