5 Speedy 10-Minute Workouts for Visible Abs


The "stability special," starting with planks, is the first of these 10-minute ab workouts. Fundamental core exercises like the plank strengthen the whole abdominal area and improve stability. Rectus, obliques, and transverse abdominis are worked.

Mountain Climbers

Dynamic mountain climbers strengthen the core and raise the heart rate. This exercise focuses the rectus abdominis, obliques, and hip flexors.

Mountain climbers begin in a plank with hands under shoulders. Push one leg to your chest without arching. Change legs and drive the opposite knee forward. Keep switching legs fast. Complete three 30-second sets with 20-second breaks.

Boat Pose

Boat posture, a yoga staple, challenges the core. This workout targets the rectus abdominis and hip flexors.

Boat position requires sitting on the floor with bowed knees. Lean back and raise your feet. Hold your arms parallel to the ground in front of you. Balance on your sit bones and hold. Three 20-second sets with 20-second breaks.

Bicycle Crunches

Bicycle crunches are done on your back with your hands behind your head and legs raised. Right leg extended, right elbow near left knee. Switch sides and place left elbow on right knee. Continue alternate pedaling. Perform three sets of 20 repetitions (10 each side) with 20-second breaks.


The final 10-minute abdominal core training is "power play," from planks to pushups. Plank-to-pushup stabilizes the core and strengthens the upper body.

Plank to pushup from a forearm plank. Push up onto your right hand, then your left, into a high plank or pushup. Drop onto your right and left forearms to return to the forearm plank. Each repeat, switch dominant hands. Three sets of 10 repetitions with 20-second breaks.

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