The 171 Best Abs Exercises

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  1. 1. Ab Crunch Machine

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    2,183,224 SETS LOGGED99.7 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. Stability Ball Abdominal Twist

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    6,764 SETS LOGGED99.1 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.

  3. 3. Russian Twist

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    3,481,032 SETS LOGGED98.8 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
  4. 4. Crunches

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    5,194,805 SETS LOGGED98.6 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
  5. 5. Leg Raise

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    3,707,335 SETS LOGGED98.3 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
  6. 6. Sit Up

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    2,564,245 SETS LOGGED98 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. TRX Hip Drop

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    6,570 SETS LOGGED97.7 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.

  8. 8. Scissor Kick

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    2,432,348 SETS LOGGED97.4 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
  9. 9. Leg Pull-In

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    2,517,013 SETS LOGGED97.1 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
  10. 10. Alternating Heel Touch

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    534,098 SETS LOGGED96.8 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

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  1. 11. Oblique Crunch

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    1,803,669 SETS LOGGED96.5 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
  2. 12. Vertical Knee Raise

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    1,405,712 SETS LOGGED96.3 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)
  3. 13. Dead Bug

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    2,012,239 SETS LOGGED96 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
  4. 14. Plank

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    4,032,719 SETS LOGGED95.7 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
  5. 15. TRX Side Plank

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    21,410 SETS LOGGED95.4 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.

  6. 16. Bicycle Crunch

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    4,374,134 SETS LOGGED95.1 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. Medicine Ball Russian Twist

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    284,274 SETS LOGGED94.8 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.

  8. 18. Scissor Crossover Kick

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    1,899,744 SETS LOGGED94.5 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
  9. 19. Medicine Ball Overhead Sit Up

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    36,234 SETS LOGGED94.2 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.

  10. 20. Hip Lift March

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    55,521 SETS LOGGED93.9 mSCORE

    Hip Lift March is a bodyweight exercise that primarily targets your glutes and core. This exercise involves lifting your hips off the ground and alternating marching motions with your legs. The movement adds instability, increasing core engagement and promoting better muscle activation. It's a great addition for improving stability, strength, and coordination in the lower body.

    • Beginner
  11. 21. Dumbbell V-Sit Cross Jab

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    44,795 SETS LOGGED93.7 mSCORE

    Dumbbell V-Sit Cross Jab is a compound exercise that combines a V-Sit and a Cross Jab. This exercise primarily targets your core, shoulders, and obliques. By holding a V-Sit position, you engage your core for stability while performing cross jabs with dumbbells. The added resistance of the dumbbells can further improve muscle activation and conditioning.

  12. 22. Side Bridge

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    1,074,327 SETS LOGGED93.4 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
  13. 23. Reverse Crunch

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    1,592,236 SETS LOGGED93.1 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
  14. 24. Supine Pallof Press

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    3,360 SETS LOGGED92.8 mSCORE

    Supine Pallof Press is an anti-rotation core exercise performed lying on your back. This variation targets your core muscles while minimizing strain on your lower back. By using a cable machine, you can maintain consistent tension throughout the press, making it an excellent choice for developing core stability and strength, especially for those looking to reduce lower back involvement.

  15. 25. Balance Trainer Overhead Weighted Crunch

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    27,892 SETS LOGGED92.5 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.

  16. 26. Medicine Ball Leg Crunch

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    47,130 SETS LOGGED92.2 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.

  17. 27. Mini Loop Band Leg Raise

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    72,430 SETS LOGGED91.9 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.

  18. 28. Mini Loop Band Toe Touch

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    72,822 SETS LOGGED91.6 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.

  19. 29. Decline Sit Up with Medicine Ball Toss

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    13,065 SETS LOGGED91.1 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.

  20. 30. Decline Sit Up

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    336,722 SETS LOGGED90.8 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
  21. 31. Forward Stability Ball Plank

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    72,597 SETS LOGGED90.5 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.

  22. 32. Vertical Leg Raise

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    360,716 SETS LOGGED90.2 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)
  23. 33. Mini Loop Band Around the World Plank

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    49,305 SETS LOGGED89.9 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.

  24. 34. Full Kneeling Pallof Press

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    5,308 SETS LOGGED89.6 mSCORE

    Full Kneeling Pallof Press is a core stability exercise that primarily targets the obliques. By performing this exercise in a kneeling position, you reduce lower body involvement and focus on core stabilization. The use of a cable or resistance band allows for consistent tension and controlled resistance, making this a great exercise for building core strength and stability.

  25. 35. Exercise Ball Crunch

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    1,334,097 SETS LOGGED89 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.

  26. 36. Mini Loop Band Scissor Kick

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    45,242 SETS LOGGED88.5 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.

  27. 37. Cocoon Crunch

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    198,108 SETS LOGGED88.2 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
  28. 38. Mini Loop Band Mountain Climber

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    54,517 SETS LOGGED87.9 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.

  29. 39. Mini Loop Band Plank with Straight Leg Kickback

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    57,820 SETS LOGGED87.6 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.

  30. 40. TRX Kneeling Oblique Rollout

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    11,817 SETS LOGGED87.3 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.

  31. 41. Elbow to Knee Crunch

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    215,638 SETS LOGGED87 mSCORE

    Elbow to Knee Crunch is a bodyweight core exercise that primarily targets the abdominals and obliques. By bringing your opposite elbow to your knee during a crunch, you add a rotational element to the movement, which helps engage your obliques for better core development. This variation offers more intensity and muscle activation compared to a standard crunch.

    • Beginner
  32. 42. TRX Resisted Rotation 1

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    8,250 SETS LOGGED86.7 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.

  33. 43. Balance Trainer Braced Frog Kicks

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    63,210 SETS LOGGED86.5 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.

  34. 44. TRX Suspended Plank

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    24,944 SETS LOGGED86.2 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.

  35. 45. Hanging Knee Raise

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    840,499 SETS LOGGED85.9 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.

  36. 46. Overhead Weighted Sit Up

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    245,102 SETS LOGGED85.6 mSCORE

    Overhead Weighted Sit Up is a variation on the standard Sit Up. By holding a weight overhead, you not only add resistance to the movement but also engage your shoulders and upper back. This additional resistance and muscle engagement make it a more challenging exercise, ideal for building core strength and improving overall stability.

    • Advanced
  37. 47. Plank Body Saw

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    48,152 SETS LOGGED85.3 mSCORE

    Plank Body Saw is a variation on the standard Plank, adding dynamic movement to further challenge your core. By rocking your body back and forth while maintaining a plank position, you increase instability which forces your core to engage more intensely. This exercise is great for building strength and stability in the abs, obliques, and lower back.

    • Beginner
  38. 48. Side Plank With Knees Bent

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    2,867 SETS LOGGED85 mSCORE

    Side Plank With Knees Bent is a variation on the more standard Side Plank. Like other side planks, this bodyweight exercise primarily targets the obliques and core. By keeping your knees bent, you reduce the difficulty and add more stability to the movement, making it easier to maintain proper form and hold for longer durations.

    • Beginner
  39. 49. TRX Leg Raise

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    15,597 SETS LOGGED84.4 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.

  40. 50. L Sit

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    30,802 SETS LOGGED84.1 mSCORE

    L Sit is a bodyweight exercise that primarily targets your core, but also engages your shoulders and triceps. By holding your legs straight out in front of you while seated, you force your core to stabilize your body in an L shape. This is a great exercise for building core strength, stability, and improving your overall body control. Performing this movement also requires significant shoulder and tricep strength to maintain the raised position.

    • Intermediate
    • Parallette Bars
  41. 51. Plank Jack on Elbows

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    78,081 SETS LOGGED83.9 mSCORE

    Plank Jack on Elbows is a variation of the standard Plank which incorporates dynamic movement. This compound, bodyweight exercise targets the core, shoulders, and glutes. By combining the stability demands of a plank with the jumping motion of a jack, it enhances cardiovascular fitness and coordination while increasing stability and muscle activation. This variation adds a more dynamic aspect to the traditional plank, making it more challenging and engaging.

    • Beginner
  42. 52. Balance Trainer Stability Ball Knee Tucks

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    11,088 SETS LOGGED83.3 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.

  43. 53. Balance Trainer Braced Bicycle Kicks

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    38,282 SETS LOGGED83 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.

  44. 54. Handle Band Crunch

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    117,990 SETS LOGGED82.4 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.

  45. 55. Stability Ball Seated Twist

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    8,275 SETS LOGGED82.1 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.

  46. 56. Pallof Press

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    91,424 SETS LOGGED81.8 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.

  47. 57. Plank Hip Dip

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    195,372 SETS LOGGED81.6 mSCORE

    Plank Hip Dip is a variation of the standard Plank. Like Planks, this bodyweight exercise primarily targets the core. By dipping your hips from side to side, you add a dynamic element to the static hold. This increased movement further engages the obliques, enhancing stability and strength in the core region.

    • Beginner
  48. 58. Balance Trainer Crunch

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    637,630 SETS LOGGED81.3 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.

  49. 59. Pallof Press Walk Out

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    3,059 SETS LOGGED81 mSCORE

    Pallof Press Walk Out is a variation of the Pallof Press that primarily targets the core. This is an anti-rotation exercise that helps improve stability and core strength. By performing the exercise while walking out, you add more instability, making it a great way to enhance muscle activation and build functional strength.

  50. 60. Balance Trainer Russian Twist

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    46,743 SETS LOGGED80.7 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.

  51. 61. Standing Elbow to Knee Crunch

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    107,003 SETS LOGGED80.4 mSCORE

    Standing Elbow to Knee Crunch is an isolation exercise that targets the core. By performing this movement from a standing position, you add a functional element, requiring balance and coordination. This exercise can also help improve stability and mobility in your hips and lower body. It's an excellent addition to any core routine for enhancing muscle activation and functional strength.

    • Beginner
  52. 62. Seated Toe Tap

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    46,949 SETS LOGGED80.1 mSCORE

    Seated Toe Tap is an isolation exercise that primarily targets the hip flexors and lower abdominals. By tapping each toe while seated, this exercise adds a stability component that engages core muscles. This is a great movement for beginners or anyone looking to improve lower body mobility and coordination while strengthening their lower abs and hip flexors.

    • Beginner
    • Flat Bench
  53. 63. Loop Band Standing Ab Twist

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    62,692 SETS LOGGED79.8 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.

  54. 64. Tuck Crunch

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    994,458 SETS LOGGED79.5 mSCORE

    Tuck Crunch is a bodyweight core exercise that primarily targets the abdominals. This exercise involves lying on your back, tucking your knees towards your chest, and then extending them back out while performing a standard crunch movement. This compound movement enhances core muscle activation and coordination, making it a great exercise for strengthening the entire core.

    • Beginner
  55. 65. V-Up

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    128,673 SETS LOGGED79 mSCORE

    V-Up is a bodyweight core exercise that targets the abdominals and hip flexors. The movement involves lying on your back, then simultaneously raising your legs and upper body to meet in a 'V' position. This exercise is more challenging than standard sit-ups or leg raises due to the increased range of motion and need for coordination, making it excellent for building core strength and stability.

    • Beginner
  56. 66. Quadruped Plank With Leg Extensions

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    10,926 SETS LOGGED78.7 mSCORE

    Quadruped Plank With Leg Extensions is a compound exercise that primarily targets the core, along with the glutes and hamstrings. By extending one leg at a time while maintaining a plank position, you engage the core more intensely for stability, while also working on strength and balance. This variation adds complexity by combining a core stabilization move with a functional leg extension.

    • Beginner
  57. 67. Exercise Ball Pull In

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    172,149 SETS LOGGED78.4 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.

  58. 68. TRX Bodysaw

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    14,264 SETS LOGGED78.1 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.

  59. 69. TRX Ab Rollout

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    25,499 SETS LOGGED77.8 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.

  60. 70. Balance Trainer Plank

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    189,678 SETS LOGGED77.5 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. Elevated Plank

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    8,730 SETS LOGGED77.2 mSCORE

    Elevated Plank is a variation of the standard Plank. Like Planks, this bodyweight exercise primarily targets your core. By elevating your hands or feet on a bench or platform, you can add more instability to the exercise. This increased instability forces additional core engagement to maintain stabilization, making it a great way to further challenge your core strength and stability.

    • Beginner
    • Flat Bench
  62. 72. Opposite Leg Toe Touch

    Photo of Opposite Leg Toe Touch being performed
    325,479 SETS LOGGED76.9 mSCORE

    Opposite Leg Toe Touch is a bodyweight exercise that primarily targets the core, but also engages the hamstrings and glutes. By alternating touching your toes with the opposite hand, you add a rotational element to the movement, enhancing core stabilization and balance. This exercise is great for improving flexibility and coordination while building core strength.

    • Intermediate
  63. 73. Jackknife Sit-Up

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    1,291,300 SETS LOGGED76.7 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
  64. 74. Decline Overhead Weighted Sit Up

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    70,071 SETS LOGGED76.4 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
  65. 75. Landmine Core Rotation

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    111,201 SETS LOGGED76.1 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.

  66. 76. Decline Russian Twists

    Photo of Decline Russian Twists being performed
    226,416 SETS LOGGED75.8 mSCORE

    Decline Russian Twists is a variation on the standard Russian Twists. This compound exercise targets your obliques and core. By performing the exercise on a decline bench, you increase the range of motion and tension on your core muscles. This added difficulty makes it excellent for those looking to further challenge their core stability and strength.

    • Intermediate
    • Decline Bench
  67. 77. Decline Oblique Crunch

    Photo of Decline Oblique Crunch being performed
    78,125 SETS LOGGED75.5 mSCORE

    Decline Oblique Crunch is a variation of the traditional Crunch. This bodyweight exercise primarily targets the obliques and core. By performing the exercise on a decline bench, you add more resistance and increase the range of motion. Twisting to each side as you crunch up ensures that you emphasize the obliques, making this an excellent exercise for building core strength and adding variety to your ab workouts.

    • Intermediate
    • Decline Bench
  68. 78. Cable Wood Chop

    Photo of Cable Wood Chop being performed
    684,854 SETS LOGGED75.2 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.

  69. 79. Windmill

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    150,498 SETS LOGGED74.9 mSCORE

    Windmill is a compound exercise that primarily targets the core, obliques, and shoulders. It involves holding a weight overhead and bending at the waist to touch the opposite foot with the free hand. This movement improves shoulder stability, core strength, and flexibility. It's a great exercise for enhancing functional strength and coordination.

    • Intermediate
  70. 80. Flutter Kicks

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    2,162,740 SETS LOGGED74.6 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
  71. 81. Balance Trainer Leg Crossover Planks

    Photo of Balance Trainer Leg Crossover Planks being performed
    31,953 SETS LOGGED74.1 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.

  72. 82. Stability Ball Russian Twist

    Photo of Stability Ball Russian Twist being performed
    8,041 SETS LOGGED73.8 mSCORE

    Stability Ball Russian Twist is a variation on the standard Russian Twist. Similar to other Russian Twists, this is a bodyweight core exercise that targets your obliques. By sitting on a stability ball, you add instability to the movement, which forces your core to work harder to maintain balance. This is a great way to increase the difficulty and effectiveness of the exercise.

  73. 83. Leg Raises with Stability Ball

    Photo of Leg Raises with Stability Ball being performed
    101,018 SETS LOGGED73.5 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.

  74. 84. Cable Wood Chop (Low to High)

    Photo of Cable Wood Chop (Low to High) being performed
    24,119 SETS LOGGED73.2 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.

  75. 85. TRX Resisted Rotation 2

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    4,011 SETS LOGGED72.9 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.

  76. 86. Dumbbell Halo To Oblique Crunch

    Photo of Dumbbell Halo To Oblique Crunch being performed
    23,929 SETS LOGGED72.6 mSCORE

    Dumbbell Halo To Oblique Crunch is a combination of a core and shoulder exercise. It primarily targets the obliques and shoulders. By performing a halo movement with the dumbbell around your head, you engage your shoulders and upper body. Transitioning into an oblique crunch emphasizes the sides of your core, making this an excellent exercise for building functional strength and stability.

  77. 87. Cable Crunch

    Photo of Cable Crunch being performed
    1,349,631 SETS LOGGED72.3 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.

  78. 88. Cross Body Mountain Climber

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    356,371 SETS LOGGED72 mSCORE

    Cross Body Mountain Climber is a compound bodyweight exercise that primarily targets the core. It involves holding a plank position and driving your knees toward the opposite elbow, adding a twist to each rep. This variation increases the engagement of your obliques compared to the standard Mountain Climber, and enhances stability and coordination.

    • Intermediate
  79. 89. Stability Ball Plank

    Photo of Stability Ball Plank being performed
    40,763 SETS LOGGED71.8 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.

  80. 90. Pallof Press and Twist

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    6,633 SETS LOGGED71.5 mSCORE

    Pallof Press and Twist is a variation on the standard Pallof Press. This is an anti-rotation exercise that primarily targets your core. By adding a twist at the end of the press, you engage your obliques more and introduce a dynamic element to the movement. This variation is excellent for building stability, control, and strength in your core, particularly focusing on rotational resistance.

  81. 91. Elevated Plank With Slow Mountain Climber

    Photo of Elevated Plank With Slow Mountain Climber being performed
    5,514 SETS LOGGED71.2 mSCORE

    This exercise is a combination of an Elevated Plank and a Slow Mountain Climber. Like Planks, it primarily targets the core, while the Slow Mountain Climber adds emphasis on the lower abs and hip flexors. By elevating your hands on a surface, you can engage your core more effectively, while the slow leg movements increase stability and muscle activation.

    • Beginner
    • Flat Bench
  82. 92. Balance Trainer Speed Climbers

    Photo of Balance Trainer Speed Climbers being performed
    8,897 SETS LOGGED70.9 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.

  83. 93. Spiderman Plank Crunch

    Photo of Spiderman Plank Crunch being performed
    134,015 SETS LOGGED70.6 mSCORE

    Spiderman Plank Crunch is a variation of the more standard Plank. This compound exercise primarily targets the core, with an added emphasis on the obliques. By bringing each knee up towards your elbow while maintaining a plank position, you engage your core more dynamically and improve your overall stability. This is a great exercise for anyone looking to make their planks more challenging and effective.

    • Intermediate
  84. 94. Partner Sit Up Hi-Five

    Photo of Partner Sit Up Hi-Five being performed
    396 SETS LOGGED70.3 mSCORE

    Partner Sit Up Hi-Five is a variation on the standard Sit Up. This bodyweight exercise primarily targets the core muscles. By adding a hi-five with a partner at the top of each rep, you introduce a fun, interactive element that can also help with coordination and motivation. This is a great variation for engaging with a partner while working on core strength and stability.

    • Beginner
  85. 95. Stability Ball V-pass

    Photo of Stability Ball V-pass being performed
    13,011 SETS LOGGED70 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.

  86. 96. Side Plank Lift

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    106,410 SETS LOGGED69.7 mSCORE

    Side Plank Lift is a compound exercise that targets the obliques and shoulders. By lifting your hips off the ground from a side plank position, you add a dynamic element to the traditional side plank, increasing core activation and overall stability. This variation is excellent for improving core strength and balance, providing a challenging upgrade from the standard side plank.

    • Intermediate
  87. 97. Loop Band Plank Row

    Photo of Loop Band Plank Row being performed
    1,087 SETS LOGGED69.5 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.

  88. 98. High Butt Bear Crawl

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    2,579 SETS LOGGED69.2 mSCORE

    This exercise is a variation of the standard Bear Crawl. Like the Bear Crawl, this compound movement primarily targets your core, shoulders, and legs. By keeping your hips elevated high, you place more emphasis on your shoulders and upper back, while also increasing the demand on your core for stability. This is a great exercise for building overall body coordination, strength, and endurance.

    • Beginner
  89. 99. Cable Russian Twists

    Photo of Cable Russian Twists being performed
    167,197 SETS LOGGED68.9 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.

  90. 100. High Plank Arm Reach

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    48,439 SETS LOGGED68.6 mSCORE

    High Plank Arm Reach is a variation on the standard High Plank that adds an element of instability. This exercise primarily targets the core but also engages the shoulders and arms. By reaching one arm forward while maintaining a plank position, you increase the challenge to core stability and balance, making it an excellent exercise for improving functional strength and coordination.

    • Beginner
  91. 101. Quadruped Plank Hold

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    6,296 SETS LOGGED68.3 mSCORE

    Quadruped Plank Hold is a variation of the standard Plank that primarily targets the core. This bodyweight exercise involves positioning yourself on all fours with your knees lifted slightly off the ground, creating an additional stability challenge. The quadruped position uniquely emphasizes core engagement and stability, making it an excellent exercise for developing core strength and balance.

    • Beginner
  92. 102. Standing Cable Core Twist

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    284,949 SETS LOGGED68 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.

  93. 103. Stance Jack

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    166,303 SETS LOGGED67.7 mSCORE

    Stance Jack is a variation of the Jumping Jack that primarily targets your legs and core. Unlike standard Jumping Jacks, this exercise involves alternating stances which can help improve coordination and stability. This compound movement is great for adding some variety to your cardio routines and can also assist in enhancing your balance and overall functional strength.

    • Beginner
  94. 104. Plank With Dumbbell Pull Through

    Photo of Plank With Dumbbell Pull Through being performed
    51,900 SETS LOGGED67.4 mSCORE

    This exercise is a compound movement combining a plank with pulling a dumbbell beneath you. Primarily targeting the core, it also engages the shoulders and back. The added instability from moving the dumbbell challenges balance and improves core stabilization. This is an excellent variation for increasing the difficulty of standard planks and incorporating some functional strength.

  95. 105. Standing Oblique Crunch

    Photo of Standing Oblique Crunch being performed
    249,951 SETS LOGGED67.1 mSCORE

    Standing Oblique Crunch is a variation of the traditional crunch that is performed from a standing position. This isolation exercise primarily targets the obliques. By performing the movement while standing, you can emphasize stability and balance, which can help in functional strength and core activation. This variation involves bending sideways at the waist to bring the elbow towards the knee, focusing on engaging the oblique muscles effectively.

  96. 106. Balance Trainer Wood Choppers

    Photo of Balance Trainer Wood Choppers being performed
    20,161 SETS LOGGED66.9 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.

  97. 107. Windshield Wiper

    Photo of Windshield Wiper being performed
    47,738 SETS LOGGED66.6 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
  98. 108. Hanging Oblique Knee Raise

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    118,188 SETS LOGGED66.3 mSCORE

    Hanging Oblique Knee Raise is a variation on the standard Hanging Knee Raise. Similar to the original exercise, this bodyweight movement primarily targets the core. By twisting your torso and bringing your knees towards your elbows, you also engage your obliques. This is a great variation for adding more complexity and targeting the sides of your core.

  99. 109. Loop Band Side Plank Row

    Photo of Loop Band Side Plank Row being performed
    926 SETS LOGGED66 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.

  100. 110. Torture Twist

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    27,813 SETS LOGGED65.7 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
  101. 111. TRX Pike

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    64,791 SETS LOGGED65.4 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
  102. 112. Reverse Lunge With 1/2 Kneeling Pallof Press

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    1,865 SETS LOGGED65.1 mSCORE

    Reverse Lunge With 1/2 Kneeling Pallof Press is a compound exercise that targets the quads, glutes, and core. This exercise combines a reverse lunge with a Pallof Press, challenging your core stability as you press. The anti-rotation element of the Pallof Press adds an additional core stabilization demand, making this an effective exercise for improving overall strength and stability.

  103. 113. PVC Lateral Bend

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    8,012 SETS LOGGED64.8 mSCORE

    PVC Lateral Bend is a mobility exercise that primarily targets the obliques and increases flexibility. By holding a PVC pipe overhead and bending laterally, you can stretch the sides of your torso, improving range of motion. This is a great exercise for anyone looking to enhance their flexibility and improve core strength.

    • Beginner
    • PVC Pipe
  104. 114. Plank Shoulder Taps

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    84,443 SETS LOGGED64.6 mSCORE

    Plank Shoulder Taps is a variation on the standard Plank. Like Plank, this exercise primarily targets your core, but the movement itself adds a lot more instability to the exercise. By tapping each shoulder with the opposite hand, you force your core to stabilize even more. This is a great exercise for improving core stability and shoulder strength.

    • Intermediate
  105. 115. Open Book Stretch

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    30,118 SETS LOGGED64.3 mSCORE

    Open Book Stretch is a mobility exercise that targets the thoracic spine and shoulders. This dynamic movement involves lying on your side with your knees bent and arms extended, then opening your top arm to rotate your torso. This exercise is excellent for improving thoracic mobility and reducing stiffness in the upper back and shoulders, making it great for pre-workout warm-ups or post-exercise recovery.

    • Beginner
  106. 116. Weighted Torture Twist

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    34,769 SETS LOGGED64 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
  107. 117. Decline Crunch

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    1,167,565 SETS LOGGED63.7 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
  108. 118. Plank Surrender

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    129,437 SETS LOGGED63.4 mSCORE

    Plank Surrenders are a dynamic variation of the standard Plank. This compound exercise primarily targets the core, shoulders, and triceps. By transitioning from a forearm plank to a high plank position in a controlled manner, this exercise adds instability and increases exertion. It's excellent for building strength, stability, and endurance in your core while also working your upper body.

    • Intermediate
  109. 119. Side Plank Clam Lifts

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    5,324 SETS LOGGED63.1 mSCORE

    Side Plank Clam Lifts combine a side plank with a clamshell exercise. This compound movement primarily targets the core, glutes, and hip abductors. By lifting your top leg while in a side plank position, you add instability, enhancing core engagement and isolating the glutes. This is an excellent exercise for building stability, strength, and balance.

    • Beginner
  110. 120. Table Top Bear Crawl

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    3,262 SETS LOGGED62.8 mSCORE

    Table Top Bear Crawl is a full-body, bodyweight exercise. This compound movement engages your core, shoulders, and legs as you crawl forward and backward while keeping your knees off the ground. It’s excellent for building core stability and shoulder endurance. The bear crawl increases cardiovascular activity and can be a more dynamic alternative to planks or static holds.

    • Beginner
  111. 121. Partner Lying Leg Throw Down

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    1,387 SETS LOGGED62.5 mSCORE

    Partner Lying Leg Throw Down is a core exercise that primarily targets the abdominals. This bodyweight exercise involves lying on your back with your legs raised towards your partner, who then pushes your legs down. The resistance is variable depending on your partner’s force, making it a dynamic exercise for improving core strength and stability. The interaction with a partner can add a fun and challenging aspect to your workout.

    • Beginner
  112. 122. TRX Scapular Push Up

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    8,292 SETS LOGGED62 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.

  113. 123. Ab Rollout

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    1,039,598 SETS LOGGED61.7 mSCORE

    Ab Rollout is a compound exercise that primarily targets the core. Using an ab roller, this movement challenges your ability to maintain stability as you extend your body parallel to the ground. This exercise is great for developing core strength and stability, which can translate to better performance in other strength-training movements. The instability and range of motion make this a more challenging core exercise.

    • Intermediate
    • Ab Wheel
  114. 124. Balance Trainer Single Leg Lifts

    Photo of Balance Trainer Single Leg Lifts being performed
    16,417 SETS LOGGED61.4 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.

  115. 125. Reverse Plank

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    46,444 SETS LOGGED60.8 mSCORE

    Reverse Plank is a bodyweight core exercise that primarily targets the muscles in your posterior chain (backside of the body), including the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back. By holding this position, you maintain tension in these muscles for the duration of the exercise, making it a great option for building stability and endurance. The exercise also engages the shoulders and triceps, contributing to upper body strength. This is an effective variation for anyone looking to add variety to their core workout and improve overall body control.

    • Beginner
  116. 126. Side Bend Stretch

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    480,442 SETS LOGGED60.5 mSCORE

    Side Bend Stretch is a static stretching exercise that primarily targets the obliques and intercostal muscles along your side. This stretch helps improve flexibility and range of motion in the torso, and can be particularly effective for relieving tension and preventing injuries related to the lower back and sides. Additionally, it can aid in enhancing posture and balance.

    • Beginner
  117. 127. Bird Dog

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    1,128,678 SETS LOGGED60.2 mSCORE

    Bird Dog is a compound, bodyweight exercise that primarily targets the core and lower back. It involves extending one arm and the opposite leg simultaneously while balancing on all fours. This exercise helps improve stability, balance, and strengthening the muscles in the core and lower back, making it a great addition to any workout routine focused on core strength and stability.

    • Beginner
  118. 128. Balance Trainer Bird Dog

    Photo of Balance Trainer Bird Dog being performed
    18,092 SETS LOGGED59.7 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.

  119. 129. Partner Russian Twist

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    952 SETS LOGGED59.4 mSCORE

    Partner Russian Twist is a variation of the standard Russian Twist that adds an element of teamwork and coordination. Like other Russian Twist variations, this is a bodyweight core exercise that targets your obliques. By performing this exercise with a partner and passing a medicine ball or similar weight back and forth, you add an additional challenge that helps improve coordination and stability in your core. This is a great exercise to make your ab workout more engaging and social.

  120. 130. Partner Plank and Reach

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    892 SETS LOGGED59.1 mSCORE

    Partner Plank and Reach is a compound, bodyweight exercise that primarily targets your core. This exercise involves getting into a plank position while facing your partner. The added component of reaching out to touch your partner’s hand adds instability to the movement, necessitating greater core engagement and making it a more challenging variation of the standard plank.

    • Beginner
  121. 131. Stability Ball Bicycle Crunch

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    6,342 SETS LOGGED58.8 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.

  122. 132. Side Plank Leg Lift

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    51,820 SETS LOGGED58.5 mSCORE

    Side Plank Leg Lift is an advanced variation of the Side Plank. This compound exercise primarily targets your obliques and glutes. By raising your top leg while maintaining the plank position, you add instability to the movement, promoting greater core activation and stability. This variation is excellent for developing core strength, balance, and enhancing hip abductor strength.

    • Advanced
  123. 133. V-Sit

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    50,969 SETS LOGGED57.9 mSCORE

    V-Sit is a bodyweight core exercise that primarily targets your abdominals and hip flexors. This exercise involves balancing on your glutes with your legs and upper body raised, forming a 'V' shape. Maintaining this position requires significant core strength and stability, making it a highly effective exercise for building core endurance and control. It's a great addition to any core workout for increasing both stability and muscle endurance.

    • Beginner
  124. 134. Balance Trainer Single Leg Crunches

    Photo of Balance Trainer Single Leg Crunches being performed
    13,902 SETS LOGGED57.6 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.

  125. 135. Glute Ham Raise Situp

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    53,898 SETS LOGGED57.3 mSCORE

    Glute Ham Raise Situp is a hybrid exercise combining the glute-ham raise and a sit-up. This compound movement primarily targets the hamstrings, glutes, and core. This variation improves muscle activation and strength in the posterior chain while also engaging the core for stability and added challenge. It's a great exercise for enhancing overall posterior chain strength and core endurance.

    • Intermediate
    • Glute Ham Raise Bench
  126. 136. Kettlebell Sit Up and Press

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    204,661 SETS LOGGED56.8 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.

  127. 137. Up Dog

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    442,766 SETS LOGGED56.2 mSCORE

    Up Dog is a yoga-inspired, bodyweight exercise that primarily targets the muscles in your core and lower back. By extending your arms and pressing your hips towards the ground, you get a good stretch along your spine and abdominal muscles. This exercise is beneficial for improving flexibility and posture, and can serve as a great mid-workout stretch.

    • Beginner
  128. 138. TRX Fallout

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    31,775 SETS LOGGED55.9 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
  129. 139. Balance Trainer Star Plank Knee to Elbow

    Photo of Balance Trainer Star Plank Knee to Elbow being performed
    6,070 SETS LOGGED55.3 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.

  130. 140. Plank Jack

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    151,744 SETS LOGGED54.2 mSCORE

    Plank Jack is a dynamic variation on the standard Plank. This compound, bodyweight exercise primarily targets the core while also engaging the shoulders and legs. By combining a high plank position with lateral jumps of the feet, you increase the intensity and add cardio benefits, making it a great way to improve both core stability and cardiovascular endurance.

    • Intermediate
  131. 141. Toe Touchers

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    1,236,321 SETS LOGGED53.6 mSCORE

    Toe Touchers are a bodyweight exercise that primarily targets the abdominals. This movement involves lying on your back and extending your legs straight up, then reaching towards your toes with your hands. This exercise focuses on contracting the abdominal muscles to bring the torso towards the legs, increasing core strength and improving flexibility in the hamstrings and lower back.

    • Beginner
  132. 142. Stability Ball Oblique Crunch

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    47,982 SETS LOGGED53.3 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.

  133. 143. TRX Resisted Rotation 3

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    3,979 SETS LOGGED53 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.

  134. 144. Kettlebell Windmill

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    148,240 SETS LOGGED52.7 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.

  135. 145. Balance Trainer Side Star Plank

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    11,482 SETS LOGGED52.2 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.

  136. 146. Balance Trainer Shoulder Tap Planks

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    33,697 SETS LOGGED51.9 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.

  137. 147. Stomach Vacuum

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    259,954 SETS LOGGED51.6 mSCORE

    The Stomach Vacuum is an isometric exercise that targets the transverse abdominis, which is often overlooked in core training. Performing this exercise helps to strengthen deep abdominal muscles, enhance core stability, and improve posture. By holding your breath and pulling your stomach inward, you can effectively engage these muscles without any equipment, making it a great addition for beginners or as a complement to other core exercises.

    • Beginner
  138. 148. TRX Reverse Plank

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    5,340 SETS LOGGED51.3 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.

  139. 149. Extended Plank

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    47,284 SETS LOGGED51 mSCORE

    Extended Plank is a variation on the standard Plank. By positioning your arms further in front of you, you add significantly more instability to the exercise. This increased instability requires more core engagement to maintain the position, making it a great exercise for anyone looking to further develop core strength and stability.

    • Intermediate
  140. 150. Partner Pallof Twist

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    269 SETS LOGGED50.7 mSCORE

    Partner Pallof Twist is a compound exercise that primarily targets the core, specifically the obliques. By working with a partner, you add resistance by having them hold a band or cable, creating tension as you twist away. This variation introduces an element of cooperation and instability, challenging your stability and rotational strength more effectively than the solo Pallof Press.

  141. 151. Balance Trainer Cable Crunch With Side Bends

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    20,896 SETS LOGGED50.4 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.

  142. 152. Barbell Ab Rollout

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    285,951 SETS LOGGED49.6 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.

  143. 153. Toes to Bar

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    114,143 SETS LOGGED49.3 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.

  144. 154. Hanging Leg Raise

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    1,008,319 SETS LOGGED48.7 mSCORE

    Hanging Leg Raise is a bodyweight core exercise that primarily targets the abdominals and hip flexors. By hanging from a pull-up bar and raising your legs, you add instability, forcing greater muscle engagement. This is a more challenging variation than Vertical Knee Raises, increasing the demand on your core and possibly the quadriceps, providing excellent strength and muscle-conditioning benefits.

  145. 155. Reverse Plank on Elbows

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    20,528 SETS LOGGED48.4 mSCORE

    Reverse Plank on Elbows is a bodyweight core exercise that emphasizes the posterior chain (backside of the body). By elevating your hips and maintaining a straight line from shoulders to feet, it primarily targets the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back. This variation adds intensity and stability work compared to standard planks, making it excellent for developing overall core strength and posterior chain endurance.

    • Beginner
  146. 156. PVC Helicopter

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    54,677 SETS LOGGED47.8 mSCORE

    PVC Helicopter is a mobility exercise that primarily targets the shoulders. By holding a PVC pipe overhead and rotating your torso, you can improve shoulder and thoracic spine mobility. This is a great warm-up exercise to include before upper body workouts, especially those involving overhead lifts, as it helps increase range of motion and reduce injury risk.

    • Beginner
    • PVC Pipe
  147. 157. Hanging Windshield Wiper

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    17,637 SETS LOGGED47.6 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.

  148. 158. Toes to Bar Kipping

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    2,965 SETS LOGGED46.1 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.

  149. 159. Decline Reverse Crunch

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    298,640 SETS LOGGED45.8 mSCORE

    Decline Reverse Crunch is a variation of the standard Reverse Crunch performed on a decline bench. This movement primarily targets your lower abs. The decline angle adds resistance, making it more challenging than the standard Reverse Crunch. This is an excellent exercise for those looking to intensify their core workouts and build more strength in the lower abdominal region.

    • Beginner
    • Decline Bench
  150. 160. Balance Trainer Traveling Dome Planks

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    3,166 SETS LOGGED44.1 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.

  151. 161. Crab Reach

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    158,847 SETS LOGGED41.8 mSCORE

    Crab Reach is a compound, bodyweight exercise that primarily targets the core and glutes. It involves starting in a crab position and reaching one arm overhead and across the body. This movement adds instability, requiring you to stabilize with your core and glutes. It’s an excellent exercise for enhancing mobility, stability, and functional strength.

    • Beginner
  152. 162. Partner Medicine Ball Full Twist

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    201,597 SETS LOGGED41.5 mSCORE

    Partner Medicine Ball Full Twist is a compound exercise that primarily targets the core, particularly the obliques. Performing this exercise with a partner adds a dynamic element, encouraging you to pass the medicine ball back and forth while twisting your torso. This exercise helps in enhancing rotational strength and coordination, making it effective for athletes and anyone looking to improve core stability.

  153. 163. Balance Trainer Slow Climbers

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    5,486 SETS LOGGED41.2 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.

  154. 164. Stability Ball Roll Out

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    28,256 SETS LOGGED40.3 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.

  155. 165. Stability Ball Plank on Balance Trainer

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    15,922 SETS LOGGED38.6 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.

  156. 166. Dumbbell Side Bend

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    902,604 SETS LOGGED38.3 mSCORE

    Dumbbell Side Bend is an isolation exercise that primarily targets the obliques. The use of a dumbbell adds resistance to the movement, helping to build muscle mass and strength in your sides. This is a simple exercise that aids in improving core stability and can be easily incorporated into any abdominal workout routine.

  157. 167. Balance Trainer Up and Down Planks

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    11,439 SETS LOGGED37.5 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.

  158. 168. Partner Sit Up Toss

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    1,100 SETS LOGGED33.4 mSCORE

    Partner Sit Up Toss is a variation on the standard Sit Up that involves a medicine ball. This compound exercise primarily targets your core, while adding an element of coordination by throwing and catching a medicine ball with a partner. This added resistance and coordination challenge can make this exercise more engaging and demanding than standard Sit Ups.

  159. 169. Stability Ball Pike

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    20,894 SETS LOGGED31.1 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.

  160. 170. Balance Trainer Walk Out Plank

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    6,175 SETS LOGGED29.1 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.

  161. 171. Partner Leg Toss Windshields

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    561 SETS LOGGED27.1 mSCORE

    Partner Leg Toss Windshields is a dynamic core exercise that involves one partner lying on their back with legs raised, while the other partner stands at their head, tossing the legs side-to-side. This compound movement primarily targets the obliques and lower abs. The partner's involvement adds resistance and variability, making this a highly effective exercise for improving core stability, strength, and coordination.

    • Intermediate