If you’re really wanting to build a nice six-pack, you know that it takes a lot of work to get one. You can only do so many sit-ups and crunches before things get old and you start to stagnate in growth.
Why not try out some different exercises that you can do while standing up?
These exercises are great because it requires the use of stabilizer muscles as well as training your balance and mobility. Keeping your core tight and doing these exercises will help build the stabilizers in your spine and they will help you get a larger range of motion.
These exercises will improve your posture, burn lots of calories, and improve your conditioning. This is a win-win!
Since you do these exercises standing, posture and form are extremely important. While you don’t have a loaded barbell on your back, using proper form will ensure you are effectively doing the exercises.
5 Easy Standing Ab Exercises
1. Dumbbell Side Bends
Dumbbell side bends are a personal favorite. There are two variations to this: One you hold two dumbbells, the other you only hold one.
Hold onto the dumbbell and let it hang at your side. Keep your palms facing your body, tighten your core, and slowly lean to one side. Once you get used to the movement, you’ll feel your obliques stretch and contract.
Repeat this for two sets of 15.
2. Standing Bicycles
Standing bicycles look funny, but they are effective. In short, you are doing the same exercise as you would lying on the ground, standing.
Hook your hands behind your head, brace your abs, and lift a knee up. Bring the opposite shoulder in towards the knee for a power crunch.
Do 20 reps per side.
3. Tuck Jumps
Ready for a movement that will blast your abs and help you squat and deadlift more? This exercise really burns the calories and will run your body through the ringer.
You can do tuck jumps with or without a higher surface to jump onto. Squat low and use your momentum upwards to jump. In the air, tuck your knees up to your chest and land.
Do 30-seconds of constant tuck jumps followed by 60-seconds of rest. Repeat this 5 times.
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4. Frankenstein Kicks
Never heard of these? You’re supposed to look like Frankenstein walking.
Start out standing straight and bring your feet together. Bring both of your arms out straight, tighten your core, and then kick your leg up to your hands.
This is just like the move little kids make to try to see who kicks higher. You can alternate legs or do all 12 reps per leg, whichever you prefer.
Strive for three sets of 12 for each leg.
5. West Side Crunches
This exercise is great for opening up your hips, building a stronger and more sturdy squat base, and really taxes your abs.
Drop into a deep squat position, placing the load on your glutes and hamstrings. Bring your hands up into a goalpost position (or Beavis’ cornholio if you know what that is) and do a twisting crunch. The goal is to touch your elbows to your knees, or at least as close as you can.
Alternate reps back and forth and do two sets of 20.
Wrapping It Up
Look, training abs sucks. No one wants to roll around on a dirty floor and do crunches all day, so why not try this?
Along with your abs, you’re training other stabilizer muscles and you are giving yourself a more agile and athletic physique.