The MOST Effective Ab Workout, Period.

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Are those sit-ups and planks you're doing over and over again becoming a total snoozefest? Does the thought of one more bicycle crunch provoke the biggest of big, fat yawns? And, be honest now: Does that basic ab regime even work for you anymore? If so, great (you go, Glen Coco). But, just in case you need a little ab inspiration (abspiration?), we’ve got the perfect solution to your workout rut. Transform your core with seven of our favorite pro-approved midsection moves — you know, the kind that make you sore in muscles you had absolutely no idea you had.
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Creator and Model, Lauren Williams of Wilhelmina Fitness; Styled by Madeline Lee; Hair and Makeup by Andi Yancey.
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The Move: Russian Twist With Weight

Start with your butt pressed into the mat, holding a hand weight (5-10 pounds) against your abs. Keep your core tight, with your torso and feet off the ground.
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Keeping your lower body perfectly still, rotate your whole torso (and the hand weight) to your left.
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Bring the weight back to the center...
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...and then rotate your whole torso and the hand weight to your right. Repeat for three sets of ten twists, or as many as you can do with proper form.
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The Move: Inchworm To Plank Crossover

Begin with your feet hip-width apart. With your abs tight, hinge forward from the hips (keeping your legs as straight as possible) until you can place your hands on the ground.
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Walk your hands out...
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...until you are in a tall plank position.
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Bring your right knee across your body towards your left elbow...
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and back again.
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Repeat the crossover on the other side, then walk your hands back towards your feet and stand up.
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Then, bring your leg back down into your plank.
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Walk your hands back up toward your feet...
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...and into a standing position. Repeat for three sets of ten, or as many as you can do with proper form.
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The Move: Push-Up To Side-Plank Balance

Start the move with a wide push-up.
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Keeping your core tight, lift your left arm and leg, slowly rotating the body into a side plank position while balancing on your right hand and foot.
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Keep rotating until your left arm is directly above your right arm. Make sure to keep your hips up and your left foot straight out, parallel to your right.
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Carefully and deliberately lower yourself back down...
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...and repeat on the other side. We recommend three sets of five per side, or as many as you can do while maintaining proper form.
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The Move: Stability-Ball Rollout

Start with your elbows on the stability ball, leaning into a modified plank position with your knees on the ground. Keep your abs tight.
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Use your abs to roll the ball away from your body with your elbows, bringing your knees off the ground into a plank. Make sure to maintain a straight line from your head to your feet. Bring the ball back towards the body and come back onto your knees in a modified plank. Repeat for three sets of ten rollouts, or as many as you can do while maintaining proper form.
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The Move: Lemon Crusher

Start with your butt pressed into the ground, with your feet and shoulders hovering above the ground. Crunch your knees into your chest and bring your arms towards your feet. Then, move back out into your starting position.
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Keeping your core tight, straighten your legs while bringing your arms out wide and lowering your upper body toward the ground.
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When your arms are fully extended, come back to the starting position.
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Repeat. We recommend three sets of ten crushers, or as many as you can do with ideal form.
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The Move: Stability-Ball Tucks to Pike

Start with your hands under your shoulders and your feet balancing on the stability ball. Your body should be totally straight and your abs tight (think of a plank).
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Bring your knees in towards your chest...
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...then back out to plank position.
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Push your hips up to the ceiling, keeping your core tight and your spine tall. Think about bringing the ball towards your chest with your toes. Bring your hips back down to plank and repeat from the beginning.
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Carefully and deliberately (with your abs still tight!), bring your hips back down to a plank. Repeat for three sets of ten, or as many as you can do while maintaining proper form.
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The Move: Plank With Weight Drag

Set up in a tall plank position with a 5-to-10-pound hand weight next to your left hand.
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Keeping your core tight, reach over and pick up the weight with your right hand.
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Move the weight over to your right side...
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...and come back into a plank.
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Then, pick up the weight with your left hand...
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...move it to your left side...
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...and come back into a plank again. Repeat for three sets of ten, or as many as you can do with proper form.
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