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7 Ab workouts that don't include any sit-ups

Posted by Sophie Saint

A toned stomach and a strong core is something that many chase on their fitness journey. Sure, a ripped set of abs may look appealing, but focusing on strengthening your core can have infinite benefits to any fitness activity you take part in… and your everyday life! 

But if you’re not a fan of sit-ups or crunches, then you might be a bit perplexed on how to achieve this…

So we’ve got great news! There are heaps of killer workouts which will train your abs and strengthen your core, with not a sit-up in sight. From mountain climbers to planks, russian twists to flutter kicks, and even dumbbell workouts to standing exercises, we’ve found some ace ab workouts that don’t include any crunches.

Take a look below to see which you’re going to try this evening - you only need a few minutes out of your day to blast your core and get toned!

7 Ab workouts that don't include any sit-ups

1. Abs Vs Core:

Get educated on core training and understand why chasing that 6-pack shouldn’t be your main goal. Don’t focus on crunches. Focus on strengthening your core and every movement you make will see the benefit. Try out these drills to improve your core - your abs will benefit, and so will your entire torso.

2. 10-Minutes Ab Workout: How to get a six pack

Try out this quick 10-minute workout which focuses on 10 exercises for 30 seconds, then repeat. The exercises change quickly so before you know it, your workout will be done and your abs (and quads!) will be burning.


3. 10-Minute Abs And Core Workout Without Crunches

Crunches aren’t always the most effective way to get a strong core - try these workouts which will work your abs and tighten your core. Perfect for all levels, these moves may look basic but you’ll be working your obliques and back, as well as your abdominals.

4. 10-Minute Standing Abs Workout

Don’t want to get down and dirty on the floor to work your core? Try this standing abs workout, and add a dumbbell to amp it up a notch. Try some alternative moves, such as the sumo squat side bend which also engages the glutes and legs, and also some classic moves that engage the core.

5. 5-Minute No Sit-Ups Ab Workout

Get your heart-rate up using a dumbbell and activate your core with this short 5-minute ab workout. Each exercise is 30-seconds and they include standing and floor workouts - this workout will help shape and tone the abs, back and hips. Focus on pulling your belly button towards your spine to keep your abs engaged.

6. 11 Advanced Ab Workouts With No Equipment

Want to ramp it up a notch? Ready to take it to the next level? Try these advanced ab exercises without equipment. Even though you’re sans dumbbells, these sequences will still ignite that fire.

7. One Song Ab Workout With No Crunches

We don’t always have heaps of time in the world to fit in a workout, so why not blast your favourite song and do this short n’ sweet ab workout? If you’re feeling it, repeat these moves 3 - 4 times to a few more tracks and get strong. Try this workout 3 - 4 times a week and see how your core can improve.

You don’t have to blitz out 100s of crunches and sit-ups to work those abs! Try these routines at home, in the gym or in the park and you’ll feel the benefits… and see the toned results.

Which move is your favourite?


Topics: workout, Exercise

Written by Sophie Saint

Sophie Saint

Exercise used to always terrify me, until I was forced to face it head-on with an impending surfing trip. I entered the world of MoveGB and never looked back.... Yoga, gym sessions and the odd round with a punchbag opened up my eyes to getting active and feeling awesome from it! Travelling, social media and blogging are what I love both in and out of work. And Turn'd Up dance has become a serious obsession now...

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