Build Core Strength With This 5 Minute Ab Workout

On a scale from 1-10, how do you rate your core strength? Most people know building a strong core improves riding skills. You need a strong core to stay centered and to protect your back from strains and injury. The good news is you don't need to spend hours doing sit-ups.

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Try this 5 minute core and total body strengthening workout, using strength slides.


EXERCISE #1 - Mountain climbers - 10 reps. Start in plank position. Alternate knees straight up towards your chest, like you are climbing a mountain. Go slow and controlled.

EXERCISE #2 - Pikes - 10 reps. Start in plank position, feet together. With straight legs, raise your hips up, like someone is pulling your hips towards the ceiling. Use your core to lift up.

EXERCISE #3 - Oblique crunches - 10 reps each side. Start in a side plank position. Make sure you are in a straight line from your finger tips to your toes. Don't let your hips sag or tilt back. Crunch your top arm to your top straight leg by sliding your leg in front of you.

EXERCISE #4 - Knee pulls - 10 reps each side. Start in a side plank position. Crunch your top arm toward your core as you slide your top knee in.

EXERCISE #5 - Alternating knee tucks - 10 reps. Start in plank position. Slide each knee toward the opposite elbow, alternating sides. Keep your core tight and don't sag your hips or sway your back.

EXERCISE #6 - Crossover knee tucks - 10 reps. Start in plank position. Cross your legs by sliding the left leg over the right. Tuck your knees toward your chest. Keep your back flat and don't let your hips raise up. Uncross your legs and switch sides.

I got great results using this core workout on cardio days or as a stand-alone workout by doing 3 sets.

Watch this short video for a demo of each move.

If you don't have strength slides, paper plates will work in a pinch. Or check out these Strength Slides on Amazon.

This ab workout is part of the 80 day total body fitness program I’m doing. It's helping me shed body fat and get strong, toned legs, glutes and core. 

Here is my four week progress. I lost 1.5 inches off my hips and 1 inch off each thigh. You can learn more about the fitness program HERE.

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