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Fitness Move of the Week: Ab Exercises

Maddi Ginsberg

Abs are a bit of an infamous muscle group in the fitness world. Everyone wants them and thinks they represent the epitome of fitness, but they are, in fact, very difficult to attain. All abdominal muscles are built differently, so expecting a perfect-looking six-pack is a difficult goal.

But fear not: visible abs ARE attainable – but not important. What’s more important is simply having a strong core. A solid core doesn’t just help you during lifts: it minimizes back pain, helps with balance and posture, and aids in a multitude of everyday tasks, like tying your shoes or sitting in an office chair.

It’s important to engage your core during all physical activities (as often as you can remember) to stay stabilized. In order to do so, you need to build up a strong core. We’ve rounded up 4 of the best beginner ab circuits from YouTube to help you build the best core you can. Check it out!

Easy Abs Workout for Beginners (via HASfit)
Freddie from HASfit takes you through a simple, 5-minute ab workout that’s perfect for a novice.

Beginner Abs and Butt Workout (via Blogilates)
Cassey Ho of Blogilates is undoubtedly the peppiest fitness Youtuber out there. This workout takes about 10 minutes and incorporates both butt and abs movements. Your glutes are also super important for stabilization, so this is a great combo!

Standing Abs Exercises (via FitnessBlender)
Standing for abs? Yep! To hit your obliques (your ab muscles at your sides), standing can be a great way to work every part of your core.

9 Minute Beginner Ab Blasting Workout (via GymRa)
This workout uses slightly more complex, unique movements to target your abs. Move slowly and deliberately – you’ll feel the burn!