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10 Ab Workouts That Only Take 5 Minutes

They're short... but they're spicy.

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Only have time for a quick sweat? According to trainer Kim D’Agnese, doing a 5-minute ab workout three times a week will result in a massive difference in your core strength and overall posture. Here are 10 quick ab routines to try.

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Full Ab Workout

Emily Skye says you’ll work the deep abs, lower abs, and obliques.

- Plank leg lifts, 30 seconds.

- Plank push-ups, 30 seconds.

- Sit-throughs. In crawl position, push left knee to right hand. Alternate sides, 30 seconds.

- Bicycle crunches, 30 seconds.

Repeat 2x.

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Plank Circuit

Trainer Kaitlyn Gannon says this workout engages your middle ab muscles.

- Folding chair, 20 seconds.

- Boat pose, 40 secs.

- Side plank crunch left, 20 secs.

- Side plank, 20 secs.

- Side plank crunch right, 20 secs.

- Side plank, 20 secs.

Repeat 2x.

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Bridges

Trainer Jessica Roberts says these moves hit all of your ab muscle groups.

- Bridges, lift and lower, 10x.

- Bridge + leg lift, 10x per leg.

- Planks, knee to opposite elbow, 10x.

- Kneeling sidekicks, 10x each.

- Swimming. On stomach, lift opposite arm and leg, 10x.

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Kettlebell Set

A 5-minute ab workout from trainer Carrie Hall:

- Russian twists. While seated, hold kettlebell at chest, twist core, 45 secs.

- Butterfly sit-ups. Soles together, bell overhead, use momentum to sit up, 45 secs.

- Weighted halos, 45 secs.

- 2-minute plank hold.

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Abs & Legs

A core and lower body sesh from Ridge Davis:

- Forward lunge, twist torso to side. Switch legs.

- In plank, pull knee to same-side elbow.

- Reverse plank, crunch knee in, switch legs.

- Side plank dips, alternate sides.

- Bicycle crunches.

1 min. each, no rest between.

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Quickie Core Burn

Trainer Caley Crawford loves this core workout.

- Dead bugs.

- Flutter kicks on back.

- Hollow hold.

- Plank hold.

- Side plank on each side.

30 seconds each, repeat 2x.

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Ab Challenge

Crawford recommends this sesh for a challenge.

- Turkish sit-ups. Lie back, knees bent, sit up as you push one dumbbell to sky.

- Flutter kicks with press up.

- Turkish sit-ups.

- Flutter kicks with press up.

- Plank hold.

50 seconds each, 10 seconds rest.

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Roll-Ups

From trainer Lia Bartha:

- Diamond roll-ups, 10x.

- On back, legs in tabletop. Extend one leg, sweep it out & back to center, 10x per leg.

- On back, heels together, drop knees out, squeeze back in, 10x.

- Knee drops, drop knees to side, 10x.

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Pilates Abs

D’Agnese likes the Pilates-style “series of 5”:

- Single-leg stretch, bring knee to chest, extend other leg, alternate legs, 10x.

- Double leg stretch, 10x.

- Leg lowers, 10x.

- Scissor leg stretch, reach hand to opposite foot, 10x.

- Criss cross, 20x.

Repeat 2x.

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Classic Crunches

Trainer Polina Andre recommends these simple moves:

- Classic floor crunches, 3 sets, 25 reps.

- Bicycle crunches, 3 sets, 20 reps.

- Fitness ball crunches. Stretch back on ball and contract abs by breathing out as you curl up, 3 sets, 12 reps.