15 Unexpected Exercises That Work Your Abs


Since your abs move in more ways than just planks and crunches, they need a variety of exercises to reach their full potential…not to mention look good in a crop top. So if you want to up your abs game (and, um, who doesn’t?), do these out-of-the-box exercises to fire up the muscle fibers you didn’t know you had. Here are the top exercises that will give you those killer abs:

1) X-Abs
v-ups

  • Start by lying on your back with arms and legs extended, straight up to the ceiling and head resting on floor.
  • Open your arms and legs into an ‘X’ shape by bringing the legs just above the floor, and arms back by ears.
  • Then bring legs and arms back together, lift your head off the floor, press arms outside of hips, and lift hips off the ground as your legs come in towards your head.
  • That’s one rep. Repeat this exercise 20 times for best results.
2) Twisted Sit-up
bicycle crunch

Sit ups are universal favorites and form a part of many a workout regime. And when you twist it up, you get that flat abs!

  • Lie down on your back.
  • Bend knees to a comfortable position and lock your hands behind your head.
  • Curl your head, shoulders, upper and lower back off the floor and angle your left elbow toward your right knee.
  • Hold this position for 5 seconds.
  • Slowly return to the starting position.
  • Curl your head, shoulders, upper and lower back off the floor and angle your right elbow toward your left knee.
  • Hold this position for 5 seconds.
  • Slowly return to the starting position.
  • Repeat 10 times by alternating the twisting motion
3) Abdominal Hold
Abdominal Hold

  • Sit on the edge of a chair.
  • Keep your hands on the edge and make sure that your fingers pointing toward your knees.
  • Tighten your abdomen muscles and bring toes few inches off the floor.
  • Try to lift your bottom off the chair.
  • Hold this position for as long as you can.
  • Lower yourself down and repeat this step.
  • Continue this exercise for approximately one minute.