6 Off-the-Floor Ab Exercises

Dr. Sacha Obaid, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and Nearby Fort Worth, Texas

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By Sacha Obaid

Not every ab exercise involves crunches and sit-ups. Here are six ab exercises you can do while standing up. Side pull-downs are a great way to target your obliques to help define your waistline. Cross punches help firm up your belly because they target your transverse abdominal muscles. The twisting motion helps trim your waistline.

Knee twists are another great standing ab workout because the twisting motion helps your waist as well. In order to do these, you have to squat with your hips and knees bent and your feet shoulder-width apart. As you stand from the bent-down position, you raise your left knee as you twist. Repeat with the right knee.

The lunge run is another great exercise for working out your rectus abdominis, which is the long muscle from your ribs to your pelvis. This muscle really defines your abs. Lunge with your left foot in front of your right, with your right about 24 inches behind it and your arms bent and at your sides. Lift your right knee towards your chest, and then lower it, keeping your left knee and torso bent. You will definitely feel the burn after doing just a few reps.

Read on to find out more about these and other ab exercises.

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