5-minute abs workout - Women's Running

5-minute abs workout

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  April 14, 2021

In this next quick home workout, Anne-Marie shows us how to strengthen our abdominal muscles

Our next 5-minute workout focusses on the abdominal muscles: Anne-Marie Lategan talks us through some great exercises to improve core strength.

You won’t need any equipment for these exercises – just find a comfortable space where you can lie on the floor.

The workout consists of five exercises to be repeated for a minute each. It can be as short as five minutes, but if you’ve got slightly longer then we’d recommend repeating the whole workout up to five times.

Click through to find the full-body workout, back workout and leg workout.

If you’re having trouble with any of the exercises, Anne-Marie demonstrates in this video:

1. Straight arm and leg crunches

  • Lie on your back with your right leg and arm straight
  • Bend your left knee and keep your foot off the floor
  • Use your left hand to support your neck
  • Crunch your head, shoulders right arm and leg off the floor
  • Lift your arm and leg up until they touch
  • Keep your core muscles tight
  • Slowly lower with control but don’t let your arm and leg touch the floor

Tip: Don’t let your lower back arch off the floor when you lower your leg

2. Reverse crunches

  • Lie on your back on the floor
  • Keep your legs at a right angle to your hips and your arms next to your body
  • Pull your knees slightly in towards your chest followed by lifting your hips off the floor
  • Slowly return to the floor

Tip: Don’t use momentum and don’t slam your back onto the floor

3. Abdominal criss-cross

  • Sit on the floor and lean backwards onto your elbows
  • Keep your legs straight and lift them off the floor
  • Open your legs slightly
  • Close your legs crossing one over the other
  • Open your legs again and repeat with the other leg on top

Tip: Ensure that your lower back doesn’t arch

4. V-sits

  • Sit on the floor with your knees bent
  • Lift your feet off the floor and keep your hands next to your sides
  • Extend your legs and lower your upper body
  • Lift back up to the starting position

Tip: If you’re finding it hard, place your hands next to your hips on the floor for support

5. V-sit twists

  • Sit on the floor with your knees bent
  • Lift your feet off the floor and keep your arms extended out in front of your body
  • Twist your arms left to right

Tip: If you find it to hard place your feet on the floor

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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