The Best Standing Ab Workouts


While they say abs are made in the kitchen, this express ab workout will help you achieve that deep, defined line that runs down the center of the stomach. Rather than doing repetitive crunches, the Pvolve Method focuses on on stretching, rotation and extension to tone the abs.

We're diving into the misconception of floor work versus standing ab exercises.  Most ab exercises for women involve getting down onto a mat on the floor and crunching until you’ve lost count. This not only takes a lot of effort, but it can lead to neck and back straining if not done properly. Plus, floor work isn't necessarily the most effective way for targeting the stomach muscles. First, lying down to work the core limits your range of motion. Think of your positioning when doing a crunch or a sit up—here, the only possible movement is up and down, starting at the floor and ending at your knees. This allows you to target one area of the stomach at a time rather them all at once, and limits the ability to get those long, lean muscles we know you love to see. 


Standing gives you more freedom to use the space around you for your core work. Think of how much more range you have for each repetition when on your feet. Standing allows you to hinge further at the hips, improve your posture through each move, and have better control with each repetition. Even better, a standing ab workout can very easily become a full-body workout with just a few small tweaks.


Standing ab exercises by themselves are effective in toning and strengthening your core and improving posture, but should be utilized as part of a varied approach along other floor-based ab workouts. To improve the impact of your workouts, work at a slow and steady pace.


The following workouts require no equipment whatsoever—just your strength and soon-to-be even stronger core! For a full standing ab workout, scroll down for a complimentary workout video with one of our trainers.


How to Do Standing Front Leg Lift | P.volveStand with arms behind head, fingers interlaced. Slightly tilt the upper body back as you tap right foot in front of you, keeping a soft bend in the standing left leg. All at once, lift your right knee up to hip height, forming a 90-degree bend at the knee, and bring your torso back upright (without crunching or rounding). Return to start by tapping your right toes back to the floor while softly leaning back, lifting the chest toward the ceiling and lengthening the abs.
Repeat 8 reps, then switch legs.

How to Do Standing Front Leg Press | P.volve

Stand with right knee bent at 90-degrees in front of you, and a soft bend in the standing leg with arms in front of chest. Flex your lifted foot, and slowly extend the knee, pressing your right foot out at an angle in front of you. Keeping the foot hovered, slowly rebend the knee, returning to a 90-degree angle at hip height. Repeat 8 reps, then switch legs.


How to Do Standing Gate Swing | P.volve

Stand with right knee bent at 90-degrees in front of you, and a soft bend in the standing leg with arms in front of chest. Slowly start squeeze from the glute to bring your lifted knee out to the right, keeping a 90-degree bend, and engaging the core to keep balance as you draw the knee back to center.
Repeat 8 reps, then switch legs.  

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