Beginner 5 Minute Ab Workout

One of the most common excuses to not workout is lack of time. What if I told you, you could get a great core workout in 5 minutes? If it sounds too good to be true, you're sorely mistaken.

Here's what the beginner 5 minute ab workout looks like:


Plank (1 minute)


5 Minute Abs Workout

This is a great warm-up to engage all the muscles in your core. If you're not accustomed to planking and feel like you're losing your posture (butt going up in the air or back starts sagging) drop to your knees.

Scissor Kick (30 seconds)


5 Minute core workout

Roll over on your back, hands by your sides or under your butt and start kicking your legs back and forth. Keep them as straight as possible and never let them hit the ground.

Figure 8 (30 seconds)


Stay on your back, keep your feet together, hover them above the ground, and start making a figure 8 with your legs and feet. The key is to keep your butt glued to the ground.

Plank (30 seconds)


5 Minute Abs Workout

Side Plank (15 seconds each side)


side plank

From your plank position, roll to one side and keep your weight on one forearm and stack your feet. Keep your hips from sagging and you'll feel it in your obliques.

Briefcases (15 reps)


Briefcase abs workout

Start out in low boat and lift your chest and knees until they meet each other. Keep your arms straight and begin wrapping them around your legs as you lift up, without holding on to your legs. Lower yourself back down without your upper back or feet hitting the ground...that's one. If you've done Ab Ripper X (part of P90X), Tony Horton refers to these as crunchy frogs. To make it harder, do as many as you can in 30 seconds.

Leg Up Pelvic Thrusts (15 reps)


easy workout

Lay on your back, feet together, lift them straight up to the sky and then pulse up so your pelvis hops of the ground. Lower your feet down without hitting the ground...that's one. Make it harder and do as many, controlled, as you can in 30 seconds.

Plank (30 seconds)


5 Minute Abs Workout

Mountain Climbers (30 seconds)


Mountain Climber

These can be done from your plank position or high push up position. I prefer going straight from plank into mountain climbers. Bring your left knee to your left side and touch your elbow with your knee, if you can, and then set your foot back down by your right foot. Repeat that motion on your right side and continue to alternate that same motion for 30 seconds.

That's it; you just got a great core workout in 5 minutes! Next time a commercial comes on or there's a timeout during the game, bypass the trip to the pantry/refrigerator and get a solid core workout.

Team Sierra blogger 5 Min Ab Workout
Justin Fricke
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Justin Fricke
Blogger at The Weekend Warrior
As a member of #TeamSierra, Justin Fricke receives promotional consideration from Sierra Trading Post. Justin traded in his comfy desk job for a life of adventure on the road. Nowadays he's a freelance content creator while living in a van full time, exploring America. Follow his adventures on his website, The Weekend Warrior, and on Instagram and Facebook.
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