Have you been doing the same old ab exercises and expecting a different result? We’re all guilty of falling into exercise ruts! But if you really want to work your core, it’s time mix things up.

Here are three challenging abdominal moves that’ll have you feeling the burn and coming back for more.


  • To make this into a quick and effective core workout, perform these 3 moves back-to-back for the reps or time suggested, rest 60 seconds, and repeat 2 more times.
  • All you need is a mat or padded floor and a willingness to give this a go. Give us a holler and let us know how you do.

Long Leg Situps

  1. Begin by lying on your back with your arms extended over your head.
  2. Lengthen your body as long as possible in this position.
  3. As you exhale, raise your arms and torso forward and reach for your toes. If you cannot reach your toes just yet, aim toward your mid shin.
  4. Inhale as you lower your upper body and arms back to the ground, returning to the starting position.
  5. Repeat 10-20 times.

Plank Elevator

  1. Begin in forearm plank position with your forearms parallel to one another, slightly wider than your shoulders.
  2. Inhale and lower your entire body as one strong unit to the ground.
  3. Exhale and pull your abs in toward your spine and return to starting position. Repeat 10-20 times.

Flutter Kicks

  1. Begin lying on your back with both legs in the air, straight and stacked over your hips.
  2. Start the exercise by lowering your legs toward the floor until you find a “challenging, but doable” height from the floor to engage your core and “flutter kick” your legs.
  3. Keep your lower back pressed into the mat and steady your breath. Perform the flutter kick for 30 seconds.

Angie is a fitness go-to for countless gorgeous celebs, a former Division I athlete, and creator of the Road to Awesome, a game-changing online personalized training plan that helps you achieve and exceed your own goals. She’s a mother to two amazing children, who knows how to quickly put together a plant-based meal, and often does it while doing burpees. She loves leading others through the process of training and instilling the belief that nothing is impossible. Nothing.