The 102 Best Abs Exercises

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  1. 1. Ab Crunch Machine

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    2,080,072 SETS LOGGED
    100 mSCORE

    Ab Crunch Machine is a variation of Crunches performed with a machine. Unlike standard Crunches, the use of a machine gives you more control over your resistance. In addition, the machine will restrict your range of motion allowing you to focus more on exertion than stabilizing the movement.

    • Intermediate
    • Ab Crunch Machine
  2. 2. Vertical Leg Raise

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    329,105 SETS LOGGED
    99.7 mSCORE

    Vertical Leg Raise is a more challenging variation of Vertical Knee Raise. By keeping your legs straight as you raise them up and away from you, you add significantly more resistance to this exercise. Keeping your legs extended also forces you to engage your quadriceps. This is a great variation for anyone looking to make their Vertical Knee Raises more challenging.

    • Intermediate
    • Vertical Bench (Vertical Knee Raise)
  3. 3. Crunches

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    5,012,252 SETS LOGGED
    99.4 mSCORE

    Crunches are one of the most common exercises out there. It’s an easy to perform, bodyweight exercise that targets your abdominals. Crunches are very similar to Sit Ups, however, instead of raising your upper body all the way into a near sitting position, you only raise your shoulder blades off the ground. This is a great exercise for beginners looking to build core strength.

    • Beginner
  4. 4. Vertical Knee Raise

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    1,349,198 SETS LOGGED
    99.1 mSCORE

    Vertical Knee Raise is a bodyweight core exercise that involves suspending yourself, and then engaging your core to raise your knees towards your chest. By keeping your torso upright, and raising your knees, this exercise is a bit better for building functional, real world strength.

    • Beginner
    • Vertical Bench (Vertical Knee Raise)
  5. 5. Decline Sit Up

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    309,192 SETS LOGGED
    98.8 mSCORE

    Decline Sit Up is a variation on the more common Sit Up. By laying back on a decline bench, you can keep more tension on your abdominals at the top of the movement. This is a great exercise for adding a bit more of a challenge to your Sit Ups.

    • Intermediate
    • Decline Bench
  6. 6. Sit Up

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    2,477,541 SETS LOGGED
    98.5 mSCORE

    Sit Up is one of the most common exercises out there. It’s a bodyweight exercise that targets your core. Sit Ups are very similar to Crunches, however, rather than raising just your shoulder blades off the ground, you raise your entire upper body. This gives you a bit more range of motion than Crunches, however you’ll start to lose some tension in your core at the top of the movement.

    • Beginner
  7. 7. Alternating Heel Touch

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    502,597 SETS LOGGED
    98.2 mSCORE

    Alternating Heel Touch is a bodyweight, core exercise that involves laying on the ground and reaching towards your heel on either side. By raising your shoulder blades off the ground, you’re already engaging your core, while reaching towards either side helps to engage your obliques.

    • Beginner
  8. 8. Decline Overhead Weighted Sit Up

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    63,621 SETS LOGGED
    97.9 mSCORE

    This exercise is a variation on the more standard Sit Up. Unlike Sit Ups, this is a weighted exercise. In addition to added resistance, the use of a decline bench helps you get more consistent tension in your core, especially near the top of the movement. This is a great variation for adding significantly more challenge to your Sit Ups.

    • Advanced
    • Decline Bench
  9. 9. Dead Bug

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    1,937,040 SETS LOGGED
    97.7 mSCORE

    Dead Bugs are a bodyweight core exercise that requires you to lay on your back, and alternate extending your arms and legs out away from your body. The position you’re in on the ground keeps your core engaged, while extending your arms and legs away from you forces you to further recruit your core to continue to stabilize yourself.

    • Beginner
  10. 10. Leg Pull-In

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    2,433,007 SETS LOGGED
    97.4 mSCORE

    Leg Pull in is a bodyweight exercise that targets your core. By raising your legs off the ground, you’re already engaging your core. Additionally your core helps to pull your legs in towards your chest.

    • Beginner

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  1. 11. Medicine Ball Russian Twist

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    262,038 SETS LOGGED
    97.1 mSCORE

    Medicine Ball Russian Twist is a weighted variation of Russian Twist. By holding a medicine ball in both hands, you can add resistance to this usually bodyweight exercise. While the weight usually isn't much, it forces you to engage your core both to move, and to stop the medicine ball as you rotate. This is a great variation for anyone looking to make their Russian Twists a bit more challenging.

  2. 12. Leg Raise

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    3,575,485 SETS LOGGED
    96.8 mSCORE

    Leg Raise is a simple bodyweight core exercise that involves laying on the ground and suspending your legs in the air. While your core does play a significant role in raising your legs, the real benefit comes from controlling their descent back to the floor.

    • Beginner
  3. 13. Plank

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    3,887,272 SETS LOGGED
    96.5 mSCORE

    Planks are one of the most common core exercises out there. This is a bodyweight exercise that is performed for time rather than reps. Planks don’t require any movement, instead they force you to place yourself in a position that requires you to engage your core, and maintain that muscle activation for the duration of the exercise. This is a great way to help build strength and stability in a way that will translate to a variety of other exercises, and your daily life.

    • Beginner
  4. 14. Hanging Knee Raise

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    810,471 SETS LOGGED
    96.2 mSCORE

    Hanging Knee Raise is a variation of Vertical Knee Raise. Like Vertical Knee Raise, this is a bodyweight core exercise that involves suspending yourself and raising your knees to your chest. By hanging from a pull up bar, you add more instability to the movement, which causes you to further recruit your core for stability.

  5. 15. Oblique Crunch

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    1,748,516 SETS LOGGED
    95.9 mSCORE

    Oblique Crunch is a variation on the more standard Crunch. Similar to Crunches, this is a bodyweight core exercise. By reaching across your torso, you can help isolate your obliques. This is a great exercise for anyone looking to specifically target their obliques.

    • Beginner
  6. 16. Bicycle Crunch

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    4,223,184 SETS LOGGED
    95.6 mSCORE

    Bicycle Crunch is a more difficult version of a standard crunch. Instead of raising your torso off the ground for each rep, you keep your torso off the ground, and your core engaged. By cycling your legs, you add more instability to the movement, which leads to better core activation.

    • Beginner
  7. 17. Scissor Kick

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    2,348,275 SETS LOGGED
    95.3 mSCORE

    Scissor Kicks are a bodyweight, core exercise that involve raising your feet off the ground, and kicking your legs up and down. By raising your legs off the ground, you’re already working your core. By continually alternating which leg is raised, you’re constantly forced to keep your core engaged for stability as well as to keep each leg raised.

    • Beginner
  8. 18. Side Bridge

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    1,041,609 SETS LOGGED
    94.4 mSCORE

    Side Bridge is a variation of the more standard Plank. Like planks, this bodyweight exercise targets your core, but adds more emphasis on your obliques. Isolating each side can help you identify and address any strength discrepancies between sides.

    • Beginner
  9. 19. Reverse Crunch

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    1,539,948 SETS LOGGED
    94.1 mSCORE

    Reverse Crunch is a variation on the more standard crunch, although it may appear closer to something like a Leg Raise. Rather than engaging your core to bring your chest towards your pelvis, you instead elevate your legs, and bring your pelvis in towards your chest.

    • Beginner
  10. 20. Scissor Crossover Kick

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    1,835,240 SETS LOGGED
    93.8 mSCORE

    Scissor Crossover Kick is a variation on Scissor Kicks. Like Scissor Kicks, this is a bodyweight core exercise, however, instead of alternating kicking your legs up and down, you cross your legs in front of you. By elevating your feet off the ground, you’re already working your core, and by adding the crossover, you add instability to the movement that your core needs to stabilize.

    • Intermediate
  11. 21. Exercise Ball Crunch

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    1,283,099 SETS LOGGED
    93.5 mSCORE

    Exercise Ball Crunch is a weighted variation of the standard Crunch. By holding a medicine ball, you can add more weight to this usually bodyweight exercise. This is a great variation for anyone looking to make their crunches more challenging.

  12. 22. Russian Twist

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    3,369,902 SETS LOGGED
    93 mSCORE

    Russian Twist is one of the more common core exercises. This exercise targets multiple muscles in your core, but the reason for including this exercise is usually to target your obliques. By raising your feet off the ground, engaging your core, and twisting to each side, you can better target this specific muscle in your core.

    • Beginner
  13. 23. Balance Trainer Crunch

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    617,415 SETS LOGGED
    92.7 mSCORE

    Balance Trainer Crunch is a more difficult variation on the standard Crunch. Similar to other crunches, this is a bodyweight exercise that targets your abdominals. By using a Balance Trainer, you add more instability to the movement, which leads to better activation of your core.

  14. 24. Decline Crunch

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    1,127,960 SETS LOGGED
    92.1 mSCORE

    Decline Crunch is a more challenging variation on the more standard crunch. Similar to a standard Crunch, this is a bodyweight core exercise. The use of a decline bench forces you to lay back further than you can on a flat surface. This helps improve muscle activation.

    • Intermediate
    • Decline Bench
  15. 25. Standing Cable Core Twist

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    274,073 SETS LOGGED
    91.8 mSCORE

    Standing Cable Core Twist is a dynamic exercise that targets the entire core, with a particular focus on the obliques. This rotational movement enhances core stability, rotational strength, and the ability to generate power across the body. It's beneficial for athletes and those looking to improve functional strength.

  16. 26. Jackknife Sit-Up

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    1,252,109 SETS LOGGED
    91.2 mSCORE

    Jackknife Sit-Up is a combination of a Sit Up and a Leg Pull-In. Like the other two exercises, this is a bodyweight core exercise that offers the benefits of both. It’s very similar to a Cocoon Crunch, however, you’ll be raising your entire torso off the ground, rather than just your shoulder blades. This is a great exercise for anyone looking to add some extra challenge to their core workout.

    • Beginner
  17. 27. Cable Crunch

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    1,290,271 SETS LOGGED
    90.6 mSCORE

    Cable Crunch is a variation on the more standard Crunch. Unlike Crunches, this is a weighted exercise that does not have you laying on your back. Instead of using your bodyweight for resistance, you use a cable machine. This gives you more control over your resistance, as well as more control over the direction that resistance is coming from.

  18. 28. Flutter Kicks

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    2,097,321 SETS LOGGED
    90 mSCORE

    Flutter Kicks are a bodyweight core exercise that have you lay on a bench with your legs extended out over one end. This exercise is very similar to Scissor Kicks with the added benefit of having more room under your legs. This can give you a bit more range of motion as your leg descends.

    • Beginner
  19. 29. Stability Ball Oblique Crunch

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    44,327 SETS LOGGED
    88.9 mSCORE

    Stability Ball Oblique Crunches target the side abs or obliques, enhancing core strength and definition. Lying sideways on the ball, you perform a crunch motion, lifting your torso towards the hip. This variation adds an instability challenge, increasing engagement and effectiveness compared to floor crunches.

  20. 30. Barbell Ab Rollout

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    276,994 SETS LOGGED
    88.3 mSCORE

    The Barbell Ab Rollout is a challenging core exercise that utilizes a barbell to enhance abdominal strength, stability, and endurance. Starting from a kneeling position with hands on the barbell, you roll the barbell forward while keeping your back straight and core engaged, then pull back to the starting position. This movement intensely targets the entire abdominal region, including the rectus abdominis and obliques, while also engaging the shoulders and back. It's an advanced exercise that requires good form and core strength to prevent back strain, offering significant benefits in core stabilization and muscular endurance.

  21. 31. Stability Ball Pike

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    19,318 SETS LOGGED
    78.9 mSCORE

    This advanced core exercise involves lifting the hips towards the ceiling while the feet are on a Stability Ball, targeting the abdominals and improving flexibility. It challenges stability and strength, offering a unique variation to traditional core exercises.

  22. 32. Balance Trainer Overhead Weighted Crunch

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    26,618 SETS LOGGED
    78.6 mSCORE

    The BOSU Balance Trainer Overhead Weighted Crunch incorporates a medicine ball for added resistance, intensifying the traditional crunch exercise. Performed on a BOSU Balance Trainer with the medicine ball held overhead, this variation targets the abdominals more deeply, with the added instability of the dome increasing core engagement and strength. The use of a medicine ball not only enhances the intensity of the crunch but also improves grip strength and coordination, making it an effective exercise for building core muscle endurance and stability.

  23. 33. Mini Loop Band Toe Touch

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    70,896 SETS LOGGED
    76 mSCORE

    An excellent isolation exercise for the abdominals, the toe touch with a mini loop band increases resistance, enhancing the challenge and effectiveness of the workout. This variation intensifies core engagement, promoting better muscle tone and endurance than standard toe touches.

  24. 34. TRX Suspended Plank

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    24,570 SETS LOGGED
    75.7 mSCORE

    This exercise is a variation on the more standard Plank. By placing your feet in the TRX straps, and suspending them over the ground, you add significantly more instability to this exercise. This helps further engage your core as you need to stabilize the movement even more than a standard plank. This is a great exercise for anyone looking to make their planks a bit more challenging.

  25. 35. Leg Raises with Stability Ball

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    98,660 SETS LOGGED
    74.5 mSCORE

    Performed by squeezing a Stability Ball between the legs and raising from the floor to a vertical position, this exercise isolates the lower abdominals and hip flexors. It enhances core stability and leg strength, providing a variation that engages more muscles than standard leg raises.

  26. 36. Weighted Torture Twist

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    33,492 SETS LOGGED
    72.7 mSCORE

    Weighted Torture Twist is a more challenging variation of Torture Twist. By adding weight to the movement, you greatly increase the demand on your core in order to stabilize your suspended torso. This is a great variation for adding some extra challenge to an already challenging exercise.

    • Advanced
    • Glute Ham Raise Bench
  27. 37. Balance Trainer Speed Climbers

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    8,541 SETS LOGGED
    71.8 mSCORE

    A cardiovascular exercise that intensifies traditional mountain climbers by incorporating a BOSU balance trainer. This variation enhances core engagement and improves cardio endurance, providing a challenging workout for all fitness levels.

  28. 38. Medicine Ball Overhead Sit Up

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    33,487 SETS LOGGED
    71.3 mSCORE

    Incorporating a medicine ball held overhead, this sit-up variation increases the workload on the abdominals and arms. It enhances core strength and stability, providing a more challenging alternative to traditional sit-ups by adding resistance and increasing the range of motion.

  29. 39. Stability Ball Bicycle Crunch

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    5,914 SETS LOGGED
    69.8 mSCORE

    An effective core workout, Stability Ball Bicycle Crunches target the obliques and rectus abdominis. The added instability of the ball increases the exercise's difficulty, enhancing core strength and coordination.

  30. 40. Handle Band Crunch

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    114,662 SETS LOGGED
    68.9 mSCORE

    The Handle Band Crunch adds resistance to traditional crunches, targeting the abdominals more effectively. Using a band with handles allows for a controlled motion, enhancing core strength and definition with the added benefit of adjustable intensity.

  31. 41. TRX Kneeling Oblique Rollout

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    11,571 SETS LOGGED
    67.7 mSCORE

    Targeting the core, specifically the obliques, the TRX Kneeling Oblique Rollout challenges stability and strength through a dynamic rolling motion. This exercise is excellent for enhancing core endurance, rotational strength, and providing a unique challenge to the traditional core workout.

  32. 42. Stability Ball Seated Twist

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    7,718 SETS LOGGED
    65.7 mSCORE

    Performed while seated on a Stability Ball, the Seated Twist involves rotating the torso with or without a weight, focusing on the obliques and overall core strength. This exercise improves spinal mobility and core stability, making it a beneficial addition to any core conditioning routine.

  33. 43. TRX Reverse Plank

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    5,266 SETS LOGGED
    65.1 mSCORE

    The TRX Reverse Plank is an advanced core and lower body exercise that emphasizes the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back. Utilizing TRX straps for this plank variation adds an instability challenge, increasing muscle engagement and enhancing core strength and endurance.

  34. 44. Mini Loop Band Plank with Straight Leg Kickback

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    56,421 SETS LOGGED
    64.2 mSCORE

    This exercise combines core stabilization with glute activation, making it an excellent compound movement for building core strength and enhancing posterior chain engagement. The straight leg kickback, intensified by the mini loop band, challenges stability and strengthens the glutes and lower back, offering a more comprehensive workout than a traditional plank.

  35. 45. TRX Pike

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    63,234 SETS LOGGED
    62.5 mSCORE

    Focusing on abdominal strength and flexibility, the TRX Pike is a challenging core exercise that also targets the shoulders. The use of TRX straps adds an element of stability training, making the pike movement more intense and beneficial for those seeking to improve core strength and flexibility.

    • Intermediate
    • TRX
  36. 46. Cable Russian Twists

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    162,968 SETS LOGGED
    62.2 mSCORE

    The Cable Russian Twists, enhanced by the stability of a ball and the dynamic resistance of a hi-lo pulley system, targets the obliques for a comprehensive core workout. This advanced variation introduces an instability component that requires greater engagement of the entire core, including the deep stabilizing muscles, to maintain balance. The added resistance from the cable pulley system ensures constant tension, significantly increasing the exercise's effectiveness for developing core strength and rotational power. This combination not only improves muscle activation but also enhances balance and functional fitness, making it a challenging yet beneficial exercise for athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike.

  37. 47. Stability Ball Plank on Balance Trainer

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    15,568 SETS LOGGED
    60.1 mSCORE

    Performing a plank with a stability ball on a BOSU Balance Trainer combines two stability challenges, significantly enhancing core engagement and balance. This advanced exercise targets the entire core, shoulders, and hips, offering an intense stability and strength workout.

  38. 48. Stability Ball Plank

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    39,828 SETS LOGGED
    59.8 mSCORE

    The Stability Ball Plank is an advanced core exercise that improves balance, posture, and core strength. Performing a plank with the arms or feet on a Stability Ball adds an extra level of difficulty, engaging more stabilizer muscles.

  39. 49. Cable Wood Chop (Low to High)

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    19,845 SETS LOGGED
    59.2 mSCORE

    The Cable Wood Chop (Low to High) is a dynamic, compound exercise that targets the core, obliques, and shoulders by moving the cable from a low position to a high position across the body. This variation emphasizes upward rotational strength, enhancing functional fitness and power, crucial for athletic performance. The diagonal movement pattern also engages and strengthens the entire kinetic chain, from the legs through the core and into the upper body, making it an effective exercise for improving overall body coordination and stability.

  40. 50. TRX Scapular Push Up

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    8,027 SETS LOGGED
    57.8 mSCORE

    Focuses on the scapular muscles and core stability by performing push-ups using TRX straps. This variation is beneficial for improving shoulder stability and strengthening the upper back and core muscles.

  41. 51. Balance Trainer Single Leg Lifts

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    15,755 SETS LOGGED
    57.2 mSCORE

    Single Leg Lifts on a BOSU Balance Trainer target the lower abdominals and hip flexors, with the dome's instability increasing the core engagement required to maintain balance. This exercise enhances core strength and stability, particularly beneficial for improving posture and lower back health.

  42. 52. Balance Trainer Leg Crossover Planks

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    30,478 SETS LOGGED
    56.9 mSCORE

    Leg Crossover Planks on a BOSU Balance Trainer intensify the traditional plank by adding leg movements that cross over the body, targeting the obliques, abdominals, and lower back. The balance trainer's instability requires greater core engagement, improving overall stability and strength.

  43. 53. Loop Band Plank Row

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    825 SETS LOGGED
    55.7 mSCORE

    Combining the core stabilization benefits of a plank with the upper body strength development of a row, this exercise challenges multiple muscle groups simultaneously. The loop band adds resistance to the rowing motion, increasing the engagement of the back, shoulders, and arms, while maintaining a plank position intensifies the workout for the core muscles. It's a comprehensive exercise that enhances coordination, strength, and stability.

  44. 54. Mini Loop Band Leg Raise

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    70,548 SETS LOGGED
    54.8 mSCORE

    By incorporating a mini loop band, this variation of leg raises intensifies the challenge on the abdominal muscles and hip flexors, making it an excellent isolation exercise for core strengthening. The added resistance from the band promotes muscle hypertrophy and endurance, surpassing the benefits of standard leg raises.

  45. 55. TRX Fallout

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    31,107 SETS LOGGED
    54.5 mSCORE

    The TRX Fallout is a comprehensive exercise that strengthens the core, shoulders, and chest by extending the arms in front while maintaining stability. This challenging variation not only enhances core stability but also improves upper body strength, offering a dynamic and effective range of motion.

    • Intermediate
    • TRX
  46. 56. Stability Ball Roll Out

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    26,046 SETS LOGGED
    53.7 mSCORE

    Stability Ball Roll Outs are an advanced core exercise that targets the abdominals, particularly the rectus abdominis and obliques. Starting in a kneeling position, you roll forward on the ball with your arms extended, engaging your core to prevent the back from arching. This exercise improves core strength and stability, offering a challenging alternative to traditional ab workouts.

  47. 57. Kettlebell Windmill

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    144,880 SETS LOGGED
    51.9 mSCORE

    This is a unilateral exercise that primarily targets the core. By holding the weight in a single hand, you can more easily identify and address imbalances between sides. This is a great exercise for developing core strength and stability.

  48. 58. Balance Trainer Shoulder Tap Planks

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    32,791 SETS LOGGED
    49.6 mSCORE

    An advanced plank variation that incorporates shoulder taps to challenge the core, shoulders, and arms. Executing this on a BOSU balance trainer significantly increases the exercise's difficulty, promoting superior core stability and balance.

  49. 59. Balance Trainer Single Leg Crunches

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    13,463 SETS LOGGED
    47.8 mSCORE

    An isolation exercise targeting the abdominals, performed with one leg extended on a BOSU balance trainer. This adds a balance challenge, making it more effective at engaging the core compared to standard crunches.

  50. 60. Mini Loop Band Scissor Kick

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    44,169 SETS LOGGED
    47.5 mSCORE

    An isolation exercise for the core and hip flexors, the mini loop band adds a resistance element that enhances muscle activation and growth. This variation intensifies the challenge on the abdominal muscles, making it an excellent option for those seeking a more strenuous core workout.

  51. 61. Balance Trainer Star Plank Knee to Elbow

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    5,794 SETS LOGGED
    47.2 mSCORE

    An advanced plank variation that engages the core, obliques, and shoulders. Performing this on a BOSU balance trainer increases the difficulty, enhancing core stability and muscle coordination. It's more challenging than a standard plank due to the added balance component.

  52. 62. Cable Wood Chop

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    660,037 SETS LOGGED
    46.9 mSCORE

    The Cable Wood Chop is a compound, rotational exercise targeting the obliques and core, enhancing rotational strength and stability. It mimics real-life movement patterns, beneficial for functional strength and improving athletic performance. The cable system ensures constant tension, making it more challenging than free-weight alternatives.

  53. 63. Balance Trainer Stability Ball Knee Tucks

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    10,624 SETS LOGGED
    46.6 mSCORE

    A compound exercise using a BOSU balance trainer and stability ball to target the core, hip flexors, and shoulders. The instability increases the challenge, improving core strength and balance. This variation adds intensity and effectiveness over traditional floor knee tucks.

  54. 64. Stability Ball Abdominal Twist

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    6,584 SETS LOGGED
    45.2 mSCORE

    A compound exercise targeting the core with a focus on obliques. The stability ball introduces an instability factor that requires more core engagement, while the cable machine adds adjustable resistance, improving rotational strength and balance more effectively than traditional twists.

  55. 65. Balance Trainer Slow Climbers

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    5,262 SETS LOGGED
    42.8 mSCORE

    Slow Climbers on a BOSU Balance Trainer are a variation of mountain climbers that focus on controlled, deliberate movements, targeting the core, shoulders, and hips. The slower pace increases muscle engagement, with the dome adding a balance challenge that enhances core stability and strength.

  56. 66. Loop Band Standing Ab Twist

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    61,206 SETS LOGGED
    41.9 mSCORE

    This core-centric exercise utilizes the loop band to add resistance to the twisting motion, engaging the obliques and entire abdominal region. It helps in developing rotational strength and flexibility, important for athletic performance and daily activities. The standing position also challenges the stabilizer muscles, enhancing overall core stability and posture.

  57. 67. TRX Leg Raise

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    15,348 SETS LOGGED
    40.2 mSCORE

    Focusing on the core, specifically the lower abdominals, the TRX Leg Raise adds a stability challenge by suspending the legs through the straps. This exercise not only strengthens the core muscles but also enhances hip mobility and control, making it an essential component of a comprehensive core training program.

  58. 68. Exercise Ball Pull In

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    168,013 SETS LOGGED
    39.9 mSCORE

    Targeting the core, particularly the lower abdominals, Exercise Ball Pull Ins involve pulling the knees towards the chest while maintaining balance on the ball. This exercise improves core strength and stability, offering a unique challenge compared to floor-based ab workouts.

  59. 69. Balance Trainer Up and Down Planks

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    11,028 SETS LOGGED
    38.4 mSCORE

    An intense core exercise that involves moving from a plank to a push-up position on a BOSU balance trainer. This variation increases core engagement and shoulder stability, offering a more challenging alternative to the floor version.

  60. 70. Balance Trainer Plank

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    185,349 SETS LOGGED
    38.1 mSCORE

    Balance Trainer Plank is a more challenging variation of the standard Plank. Like Planks, this is a bodyweight core exercise. By placing your feet on the Balance Trainer, you add more instability to the exercise. That added instability forces you to further recruit your core in order to stabilize the movement. This is a great variation for anyone looking to make their planks a bit more challenging.

  61. 71. Windshield Wiper

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    46,124 SETS LOGGED
    36.7 mSCORE

    Performed on the ground, the Windshield Wiper targets the core muscles, specifically the obliques, by moving the legs in a side-to-side motion while lying on the back. This version requires less upper body strength compared to its hanging counterpart but is equally effective in building core stability and rotational strength.

    • Intermediate
  62. 72. TRX Resisted Rotation 1

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    8,118 SETS LOGGED
    36.4 mSCORE

    TRX Resisted Rotation 1 is an exercise that requires you to essentially begin to fall sideways before engaging your core to resist that movement, and pull yourself back to a standing position. This is a great exercise for developing core strength and stability, as well as a great exercise for improving overall balance. Because you’re holding the TRX straps in your hands, you’ll also be getting some work for your shoulders.

  63. 73. Kettlebell Sit Up and Press

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    195,713 SETS LOGGED
    35.5 mSCORE

    This exercise is a weighted variation of a sit up combined with an overhead press. This exercise primarily targets your core and shoulders. This is a great exercise for developing core strength with a bit of shoulders thrown in too.

  64. 74. Balance Trainer Side Star Plank

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    11,027 SETS LOGGED
    34.9 mSCORE

    An advanced variation of the side plank that challenges balance and core stability by using a BOSU balance trainer. It targets the obliques, shoulders, and hips, offering a higher intensity workout compared to a traditional side plank.

  65. 75. TRX Resisted Rotation 2

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    3,937 SETS LOGGED
    34.3 mSCORE

    TRX Resisted Rotation 2 is a more difficult variation of TRX Resisted Rotation 1. The exercise offers similar benefits with a bit more challenge. By keeping your feet together instead of spread, you narrow your base and add more instability to the movement. This is a great exercise for developing core strength, stability and balance.

  66. 76. Balance Trainer Walk Out Plank

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    6,027 SETS LOGGED
    34 mSCORE

    A core and upper body exercise that starts with walking hands out to a plank position on a BOSU balance trainer. This increases core stability and arm strength, making it more effective at engaging the core muscles than standard walkouts.

  67. 77. Medicine Ball Leg Crunch

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    43,713 SETS LOGGED
    32.8 mSCORE

    The Medicine Ball Leg Crunch is an exercise that targets your abdominal muscles. Lie on your back with your legs raised and knees slightly bent. Hold a medicine ball between your feet. Crunch your upper body and legs toward each other, squeezing the medicine ball between your feet.

  68. 78. Balance Trainer Bird Dog

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    17,396 SETS LOGGED
    31.1 mSCORE

    Performing the Bird Dog on a BOSU Balance Trainer challenges the core, back, and glutes. This variation increases the difficulty by adding an element of balance, enhancing core stability and muscle coordination, essential for back health and posture.

  69. 79. Balance Trainer Braced Bicycle Kicks

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    36,559 SETS LOGGED
    29.6 mSCORE

    A dynamic core exercise that combines the instability of a BOSU balance trainer with the intensity of bicycle kicks, targeting the abdominals and obliques. The added instability requires more muscle engagement, making it more effective than standard floor bicycle kicks.

  70. 80. Decline Sit Up with Medicine Ball Toss

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    12,142 SETS LOGGED
    28.2 mSCORE

    Performed on a decline bench while holding a medicine ball, this exercise intensifies standard sit-ups by adding a toss at the peak of the movement. It targets the abdominals and enhances coordination, making it more challenging and effective than regular sit-ups.

  71. 81. Torture Twist

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    27,026 SETS LOGGED
    26.1 mSCORE

    Torture Twist is a much more challenging variation on the more standard Russian Twist. Similar to Russian Twists, this is a bodyweight exercise that targets your core by twisting to either side. The added challenge comes from securing your lower body, and suspending your upper body parallel to the floor.

    • Advanced
    • Glute Ham Raise Bench
  72. 82. TRX Bodysaw

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    13,875 SETS LOGGED
    24.6 mSCORE

    The TRX Bodysaw strengthens the core, focusing on the abdominal muscles and obliques by extending the traditional plank's range of motion. This variation not only increases the intensity of the workout but also significantly improves stability and core endurance, making it a superior choice for core conditioning.

  73. 83. TRX Side Plank

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    21,080 SETS LOGGED
    23.2 mSCORE

    Enhancing core strength and lateral stability, the TRX Side Plank focuses on the obliques. The inclusion of TRX straps introduces an instability challenge, which elevates the exercise's difficulty and effectiveness, providing a robust workout for the core muscles.

  74. 84. Balance Trainer Russian Twist

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    44,919 SETS LOGGED
    17.9 mSCORE

    Russian Twists on a BOSU Balance Trainer target the obliques and abdominals, with the instability of the dome intensifying the exercise. This variation enhances core rotational strength and stability, offering a more challenging and effective workout compared to traditional Russian twists.

  75. 85. Toes to Bar

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    111,132 SETS LOGGED
    17.3 mSCORE

    Toes to Bar is a challenging core exercise performed by hanging from a pull-up bar and lifting the toes to touch the bar, engaging the abs, hip flexors, and shoulders. It requires significant core strength and flexibility, making it a staple in gymnastics and functional fitness routines.

  76. 86. Balance Trainer Cable Crunch With Side Bends

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    20,517 SETS LOGGED
    16.7 mSCORE

    This exercise combines core stabilization with targeted oblique engagement, utilizing a balance trainer and cable machine for resistance. The balance trainer increases the challenge to the core muscles, while the side bends with the cable add focused tension on the obliques, promoting core strength and definition. This variation is excellent for those seeking to enhance core stability alongside oblique development.

  77. 87. TRX Hip Drop

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    6,356 SETS LOGGED
    16.4 mSCORE

    The TRX Hip Drop focuses on the obliques and core stability by incorporating a side-to-side dropping motion. This exercise offers a unique challenge to the standard core workout, improving lateral core strength, flexibility, and enhancing overall core conditioning.

  78. 88. Pallof Press

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    88,302 SETS LOGGED
    15.8 mSCORE

    A core stabilization exercise that uses cable resistance to challenge the abs, obliques, and lower back. It’s effective for building core strength and stability, with the added benefit of improving posture and reducing lower back strain.

  79. 89. Stability Ball V-pass

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    12,105 SETS LOGGED
    15 mSCORE

    The Stability Ball V-pass is an engaging full-body exercise focusing on the core and coordination. Lying on your back, you pass the ball from your hands to your feet, forming a "V" shape with your body. This exercise challenges the core, improves lower body flexibility, and enhances coordination and balance.

  80. 90. TRX Resisted Rotation 3

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    3,862 SETS LOGGED
    12 mSCORE

    The TRX Resisted Rotation is a compound exercise designed to improve core stability and rotational strength, specifically targeting the obliques. It stands out for its dynamic movement, enhancing functional movement patterns essential for athletic performance. The exercise's resistance component ensures a challenging workout, contributing to better core engagement and power.

  81. 91. Forward Stability Ball Plank

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    70,972 SETS LOGGED
    11.7 mSCORE

    The Forward Stability Ball Plank is a challenging variation that targets the core, shoulders, and arms. Balancing on the ball adds an instability component, increasing muscle engagement and improving overall body control and stability.

  82. 92. Hanging Windshield Wiper

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    17,103 SETS LOGGED
    11.1 mSCORE

    This advanced core exercise is performed by hanging from a pull-up bar and rotating the legs from side to side in a wide arc, resembling a windshield wiper. It targets the obliques, abs, and hip flexors, while also engaging the arms and shoulders. It's excellent for developing core stability, flexibility, and overall body control.

  83. 93. Toes to Bar Kipping

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    2,696 SETS LOGGED
    9.4 mSCORE

    The Kipping version of Toes to Bar introduces momentum into the exercise, making it slightly less focused on pure core strength and more on coordination and timing. This variation is popular in cross-training and functional fitness, providing a cardiovascular challenge while still targeting the core and upper body.

  84. 94. TRX Ab Rollout

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    24,791 SETS LOGGED
    8.2 mSCORE

    Similar to the traditional ab rollout, the TRX Ab Rollout challenges the core muscles through an extended range of motion. This exercise strengthens the abdominal muscles, improves core stability, and enhances shoulder strength, making it a powerful tool for building a strong, functional core.

  85. 95. Mini Loop Band Around the World Plank

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    48,218 SETS LOGGED
    5.6 mSCORE

    This exercise is a more complex and challenging variation on the more standard Plank. Similar to Planks, the goal of this exercise is to stabilize your body. The added challenge is that you need to not only balance and raise one hand off the ground, but you then need to move that hand out away from you while pushing against the tug of a mini loop band. All of this leads to significantly more instability in this exercise that you need to engage your core to stabilize. This is a great variation for anyone looking to make their Planks more challenging.

  86. 96. Landmine Core Rotation

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    107,641 SETS LOGGED
    5.3 mSCORE

    The Landmine Core Rotation is a dynamic exercise targeting the entire core, with a particular focus on the obliques, by utilizing a barbell anchored in a landmine attachment or securely in a corner. Standing perpendicular to the bar, hold the end of the barbell with both hands near your chest. Rotate your torso, swinging the barbell from one side to the other in a controlled manner, engaging your core throughout the movement. This exercise not only strengthens and tones the abdominal muscles but also enhances rotational power and stability, making it beneficial for athletes and individuals looking to improve functional movement patterns.

  87. 97. Balance Trainer Traveling Dome Planks

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    3,024 SETS LOGGED
    4.4 mSCORE

    Traveling Dome Planks on a BOSU Balance Trainer enhance core stability and upper body strength. This dynamic variation involves moving laterally while maintaining a plank position on the dome, challenging the core, shoulders, and arms more than static plank variations.

  88. 98. Loop Band Side Plank Row

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    660 SETS LOGGED
    4.1 mSCORE

    Integrating the core-strengthening benefits of a side plank with the back and arm engagement of a row, this challenging variation uses a loop band to add resistance. It targets the obliques, shoulders, and upper back, enhancing core stability and upper body strength in a single movement.

  89. 99. Mini Loop Band Mountain Climber

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    53,219 SETS LOGGED
    3.8 mSCORE

    This high-intensity compound exercise enhances cardiovascular fitness while targeting the core, shoulders, and legs. The mini loop band increases resistance, making each movement more challenging and effective in building strength and endurance, offering a superior workout compared to traditional mountain climbers.

  90. 100. Balance Trainer Braced Frog Kicks

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    59,745 SETS LOGGED
    3.5 mSCORE

    Balance Trainer Braced Frog Kicks is a bodyweight core exercise that involves sitting on a Balance Trainer and extending your legs out away from yourself. By raising, and extending your legs, you’re already engaging your core, but by sitting on a balance training, you add more instability to the movement.

  91. 101. Cocoon Crunch

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    181,332 SETS LOGGED
    2.1 mSCORE

    Cocoon Crunch is a combination of a Crunch and a Leg Pull-In. Like both other exercises, this is a bodyweight core exercise that offers the benefits of both. It’s very similar to a Jackknife Sit-Up, however, you only raise your shoulder blades off the ground instead of your entire torso. This is a great exercise for adding a bit more challenge to your core workout.

    • Beginner
  92. 102. Balance Trainer Wood Choppers

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    19,079 SETS LOGGED
    1.2 mSCORE

    The BOSU Balance Trainer Wood Choppers are a dynamic, compound exercise targeting the core, particularly the obliques, as well as the shoulders and hips. By performing wood choppers on a BOSU balance trainer, the instability adds an increased challenge to the movement, enhancing core engagement and balance. This exercise mimics the motion of chopping wood, moving from high to low across the body with added resistance for improved power and rotational strength. It’s especially beneficial for athletes or anyone looking to improve functional fitness, offering a more intense workout compared to traditional wood choppers on stable ground.