Simple + Fast Ab Workout

Hey friends! Today I am sharing one of my current favorite (and fast!) ab workout routines. This workout is great combined with strength training or cardio, or you can do it by itself for a quick morning ab burner.  I am not a certified coach or a workout professional (by ANY stretch of the imagination!), so please look up these exercises online if the descriptions I provide below don’t make sense. 

Do the following Circuit 2 Times:

25 Leg Lifts: Lay flat on your back, placing your hands underneath your lower back.  Bring your upper body off the ground slightly.  Slowly lift your legs 1-2 feet in the air, and lower slowly till they almost touch the ground.

25 Double Leg Toe Touch Crunches: To perform this exercise, lie on your back with your legs straight toward the ceiling. Squeeze your abs to push your lower back down. Then, crunch your head and shoulders off the floor, extend your arms straight and reach for your toes.

50 Cross Body Crunch (25 each side): Lie flat on your back and bend your knees about 60 degrees. Keep your feet flat on the floor and place your hands loosely behind your head. This will be your starting position. Now curl up and bring your right elbow and shoulder across your body while bring your left knee in toward your left shoulder at the same time. Reach with your elbow and try to touch your knee. Exhale as you perform this movement. (Tip: Try to bring your shoulder up towards your knee rather than just your elbow and remember that the key is to contract the abs as you perform the movement; not just to move the elbow.)
Now go back down to the starting position as you inhale and repeat.

After completing the above 2x (for a total of 200 repetitions), do the following:

2 Minute Plank:  Lie facedown with legs extended and elbows bent and directly under shoulders; clasp your hands. Feet should be hip-width apart, and elbows should be shoulder-width apart. Contract your abs, then tuck your toes to lift your body (forearms remain on the ground); you should be in a straight line from head to heels. Hold for 2 minutes.

50 Plank Jacks: Begin in a plank position, with your shoulders over your wrists, your core braced and your feet together. Jump your feet out wide and then back again while upper body remains in place.

I would be happy to post more on fitness/working out, but I need your help! Which (or more than one) of the following are you most interested in hearing about:

A. diet

B. specific workouts

C. how to fit fitness into a full schedule (try sayin’ that 10 times!:)

D. running

E. other (do tell!)

Have a fantastic day, friends!

-Allison

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28 Comments

  1. This is great, Allison! I would love to see any of those other posts!! Question: when I do these ab workouts, what seems to hurt more is my back. Is that normal? Or am I not doing it correctly or on the right surface. Thanks!

    1. It could be a problem with form or surface. Maybe try watching a video on youtube with a professional trainer, as then you can make sure your form is correct. Also, don’t do floor exercise on a hard floor. Carpet should be fine, or you can get a mat for other floor surfaces. I have a mat that I can use even on concrete.

  2. Hello Allison! I have been greatly enjoying your blog and am so glad you started it up! Thank you! These look like great exercises! But whenever I do a “traditional” stomach exercise, I find I can’t keep my stomach from bulging out. Will that correct itself as the muscles get stronger, or should I look for different exercises? I would love to hear about A, B, & C — especially A. Thank you so much, and God bless!

    1. Hmm…I’m not sure on that! Maybe google it? I definitely do think that the abdomen gets much stronger and flatter the more you exercise those muscles. At least that is how it has been for me. Hope this helps!

    2. Diastasis is something to be aware of as well (google for more info). There are certain exercises that will do more harm than good if that is the underlying issue.

  3. I know this is kind of a weird topic request, but one excuse I use (whether it’s valid or not) for not exercising daily is that then I would have to shower every day (currently I shower every other or occasionally every third day). Any tips on freshening up after exercising?

    1. Great question! I actually find that a full on shower isn’t necessary after every workout. Depending on the length and intensity of the workout, I may just do a “sponge bath” (wet/soapy washcloth) or a very fast shower, not washing my hair. When I go on a longer run I often find my hair feels like it needs washing, too. So I would recommend trying the washcloth for a shorter workout, or a fast rinse/scrub in the shower. That is what I do most often and it is very refreshing!

  4. Great post! My sister and brother and I did this together this morning! And that quote is a great reminder too, not to compare. I would love to hear about all of them, really!
    Also, this probably will sound strange, but do you enjoy working out? And if so, did you always enjoy it? Because I DON’T. 🙂 and I was wondering if you had any thoughts on that? Thanks, Alli!

    1. Hey! Go you guys!!! No, I do not always feel like working out, and I don’t do it for the simple enjoyment of it, but rather for the results/benefits. My thought is that working out/exercise is a good discipline, and loving it is not necessary. Now, the longer you do it, the more you may find yourself enjoying various exercises. That is how it has been for me. I used to talk myself out of it cause I just didn’t feel like it. Especially when I started running, I absolutely hated it. So I would encourage you to keep going, and try alot of variety.

  5. Can you do a post about any workout attire you wear? It can be challenging for me personally to find clothing I can work out in but is also modest so I’d love any advice or input you can offer.

  6. I’d love to hear how you fit fitness in a full schedule! I work a lot and am really busy so that would be very helpful 🙂 I’ve been loving the blog. 😀

  7. Did this workout this morning and LOVE IT!! Thank you Allison.:)))
    Would love to hear from you on diet + specific workouts. One question. On the Leg Lifts, is your head supposed to come back to touch the ground?

  8. Hi Allison –
    Diet, fitness with a full schedule, and running are what I’m most interested in, for sure. Enjoying ALL the posts, though! Thank you!

  9. Thank you, Allison! This is great. B & C especially stood out to me, though A, too…okay, all of them. 🙂 Loving your posts!

  10. Allison! Thank you for this post! It looks intense, but I am willing to give it a try! 🙂 Reading about diet and running would be great (I have heard from multiple people and places it isn’t the greatest, especially for our knees, I would love to hear your take on it), but honestly, I would enjoy reading about all/any of these.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!