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Get Off Your Butt! 6 Ab Exercises to Do Standing Up

  • Denise Crew

    Push Kick

    Belly fat doesn't stand a chance against this waist-cinching, heart-pumping exercise from trainer Brett Hoebel.

    Targets abs, butt, and legs

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, elbows bent, hands in loose fists by chest.
    • Bend right knee 90 degrees as you bring it up in front of you at hip level.
    • Press right heel forward, foot flexed, as you lean torso back slightly until right leg is completely extended at hip level.
    • Bend right knee to 90 degrees again as you straighten up posture.
    • Repeat push kick without lowering right leg to ground.
    • MAKE IT EASIER: Return to standing on both feet between reps.
    • Do 6 to 10 reps. Switch sides; repeat. Do 3 sets per side.

    Originally in Tone Your Trouble Zones

  • Alex Palombo

    Warrior III Curl

    Fight the ab flab like a true warrior! You'll build a lean core and lengthen your legs with this yoga-inspired move.

    Targets rectus abdominis, obliques, transversus abdominis, and butt

    • Place yoga blocks shoulder-width apart on floor so that blocks are at their tallest. Hinge forward 90 degrees at hips and place palms atop each block, shoulders aligned over wrists; extend left leg behind you parallel to floor with toes pointing down.
    • Contract abs and round back as you bring left knee toward forehead.
    • Do 10 reps; switch legs, repeat. Do 2 to 3 sets.

    Originally in Flat Abs Fast: The Core-Strengthening Workout

  • Alex Palombo


    Trade your crunches for this super-effective, calorie-burning move that'll have all your muscles working overtime.

    Targets shoulders, back, abs, obliques, and legs

    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, arms extended overhead; lift right leg about a foot off floor, toes pointed.
    • Hinge forward from hips and reach hands to toes.
    • Keeping right foot lifted and back flat throughout, straighten up to standing start position as you lift arms overhead, then place right foot on floor.
    • Switch sides and repeat. Do 10 to 12 reps, alternating sides.

    Originally in The Power Abs Workout

  • Alex Palombo


    The twisting motion targets your obliques to create a balanced, rock solid tummy and torso.

    Targets shoulders, back, abs, obliques, and hamstrings

    • Stand with feet hip-width apart, elbows bent out to sides and hands touching behind head; keeping back flat, hinge forward from hips so that upper body is parallel to floor.
    • Rotate torso to face right. Pause, return to center, pause again, then rotate to left to complete 1 rep.
    • Do 10 to 12 reps.

    Originally in The Power Abs Workout

  • Towel Snap

    Aerobic exercise is the most efficient way to blast belly fat, says a study from Duke University Medical Center, and this ab exercise will get your blood pumping.

    Targets arms, back, abs, and legs

    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, legs slightly bent and arms extended overhead, holding a towel horizontally. Lift your right leg (keep it extended but slightly bent), crunch forward, and reach hands to toes.
    • Touch the towel to your shoelaces and exhale as you squeeze your abs. Drop your right leg and bring arms back to their starting position above you.
    • Repeat the same on your left leg. Do 3 sets of 30 reps.

    Originally in Better Body Plan 2014: Firm Up for Summer Routine

  • Denise Crew

    Arm Extension with Leg Balance

    Don't be fooled by this ab exercise in disguise: It takes some hardcore power to stabilize the body while balancing on a single leg.

    Targets triceps, abs, and legs

    • Holding a dumbbell in left hand, arms by sides, stand on right leg with left knee bent so that left shin is nearly parallel to ground behind you.
    • MAKE IT EASIER: Stand with both feet on ground.
    • Bend left elbow to bring dumbbell in front of left shoulder.
    • Slowly press dumbbell overhead, then bring it above head toward right. Next, bending left elbow, bring it by right shoulder, palm facing out to right side (as if tracing an arc over your head).
    • Reverse movement, slowly lifting dumbbell up and over head to side and back down to left shoulder.
    • Do 10 reps. Switch sides; repeat. Do 3 sets per side.

    Originally in Tone Your Trouble Zones