4 Ab Exercises to Include in Your Workout

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Sometimes you reach the end of a long workout and the last thing you want to do is some abs exercises. Yes, your abs are getting stronger from all of the exercises you do, but if you want to really target them and create more definition, these four exercises should be included in your workout.

Dead Bug

Lie flat on your back, lift the arms up straight above your chest, palms facing each other (or with a weighted object). Legs and knees bent 90 degrees off the floor. Keeping the back flat to the mat and the abs engaged, straighten one leg, then bring back to start position and straighten the other leg. Do 10 reps on each side.

Side Plank Twist

Lie on one side on a mat, feet together, and lift up your torso and hips so the weight is on your elbow and the other arm is straight up towards the ceiling. Bring the straight arm down and thread it under the arm on the mat and then back up to starting point. Feel the twist in your obliques and waist. Do 15 on each side.

Bird Dog

Start with your hands and knees on the mat and straighten the left arm and right leg, making sure not to shift the hips or shoulders, keeping the weight in the middle. Bring the knee to the elbow underneath the torso, hold for two seconds and straighten to the start position. Do 10 on each side.


Start by standing at the top of your mat and bend over to let the hands touch the toes and start walking, with the hands, to the other end of the mat, until you are in plank position. Hold there for two seconds and then walk the arms back to the feet and stand up straight. Do 15 reps.