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10 Min Ab Workout


If you don’t have much time or much floor space, this equipment-free ab workout routine is for you!

This challenging ab workout delivers ripped core muscles in just 10 minutes a day using only eight exercises. No gym equipment needed. All you need is enough floor space – for the length of your body and a little wider than your body for side-to-side motion.

Some people are born with a rectus abdominis that has six divisions. Some people only have four, others have eight. You’re born with as many as you’ll ever have.

The term “six-pack” is generic for the rectus abdominis muscle when it’s developed and the divisions between ‘packs’ are visible. You need three things for a six pack.

  1. A developed rectus abdominis muscle.
  2. To be lean enough for them to show.
  3. The right genetics for a six pack.

Genetics? What do I mean by that?

Some people are born with a rectus abdominis that has six divisions. Some people only have four, others have eight. You’re born with as many as you’ll ever have. You can’t turn a four-pack into a six pack. But who cares? Your job is to develop your abs and make look as good as possible.

If you want to take my quick test to see what your genetic potential is for six pack or eight pack abs, check out my 8 Pack Abs vs. 6 Pack Abs article.

Regardless of your pack potential, this 10-Minute Home Ab Workout will help you build and carve out the abs you were born with and build a much stronger core!

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This 10-Minute Abs workout puts lower leg exercises first because the added weight of the legs will make you tire out the fastest.

They will be followed by bodyweight ab exercises that raise both the legs and shoulders off the floor.

We wrap it up with oblique exercises and those where the upper abs feel it most.

Do each exercise for 45 seconds, rest for 15, and then move immediately to the next. If you can’t last for the entire time, do the exercise for as long as you can. Just increase your rest time between abs exercises during this core circuit.


Set a timer so you can concentrate on the exercise instead of the clock. If you have a timer that gives you a 10-second warning at the 35-second mark, that’s great.


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Starting position is in v-sit position.  Then you’ll make a crescent shaped path with your feet and legs as you go from side to side. Keep your core tight throughout the movement.

Every core muscle will get a massive isometric stimulation from stabilizing your upper body muscles as your legs travel that wide arc.


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backward 7s

If you drew a line down the side of the moving leg in this exercise, it would form a backward number “7”.

Move your leg from side to side under control, not too fast. Press down hard into the floor extending your arms to work those often-neglected serratus muscles in the process. Keep a strong core and head neutral throughout this exercise.


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This excellent core exercise takes the leg raise to a whole new level by adding a reverse crunch with legs overhead.

The leg raise uses the hip flexors instead of the abdominal muscles and fatigues the psoas at the expense of the rectus abdominis, which is not the goal of an effective ab workout routine.

The Swiper makes your middle and lower abs work to raise the weight of both legs overhead, so you are truly working the full range of motion of the rectus abdominis.

Raise your hips off the floor high enough to “swipe” your hands underneath your hips, keeping your entire core tight throughout this crunch exercise.


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side cycles

Imagine riding a bicycle while lying on your side. For this bicycle crunches variation, start by bringing your left knee toward the chest, then the right.

This move works the oblique muscles, the transverse abdominis and also the rectus abdominis to stabilize your upper body throughout the exercise. Your elbow and knee should meet in the middle: avoid letting your hip flexors do all the work by raising your knee too high.

When you’ve done 45 seconds on the left, rest 15, then flip over to your right side and repeat. Maintain a strong core throughout the exercise by pulling your belly button in.


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The Mountain Hip Dip is an advanced variation of the Mountain Climber mixed with a dynamic plank variation with a twist.

Starting position is in elbow plank position. You’ll rock your hips to the right and left under control to work the transverse abdominis muscle (deep core muscles). Get some bonus serratus anterior activation by pushing down with your elbows using the forearm plank position you’re already in.



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frog v-ups

The Frog V-Up is one part leg raise and one part sit-up, and it really works the rectus abdominis to chisel out that six-pack muscle.

Bring your knees up and out as you bring your upper body into the “gap”.  The Frog V-Up gets its name from that frog-like leg position you create at the top.

Your upper shoulders, head, and feet should never touch the floor during this exercise. Keep your entire core region tight during this movement.


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side scissor crunch

The Side Scissor Crunch is an internal and external obliques workout.

Bring your right knee up toward your chest, bring your left shoulder off the ground and meet the right foot with your left elbow as you lift your upper body off the floor. Your torso will be crunching down and to one side. When you finish on the left, switch sides, bringing your left foot off the ground.

Don’t pull on your head and neck too much. The key here is to lightly place your hand on the side of your head and power the movement using only your oblique muscles.

Crunch your elbow to your knee to feel every contraction. Now we have one additional core exercise and we’re done!


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It’s easy to see why this exercise is called the Corpse Crunch!

This variation of a classic core exercise targets the upper abs. Get those shoulder blades off the floor, and at the top of every rep, squeeze your abs for a 1-2 second count before slowly lowering.

Slide your hands down the side of your legs toward your knees to keep your upper body in the right position.

Flex only at the waist, concentrating on the abdominal muscles. Don’t use momentum to raise your shoulders off the floor.

You will really feel your abs burn if you do this properly, especially at this point in the abdominal workout.

Perform each effective core exercise for as long as you can, up to the full 45 seconds. If you can only do 10 to 15 seconds of each movement at first, that’s OK. Keep trying to increase the length of time that you can do the exercises.

If you need any additional time to rest, you may simply press pause and resume once your muscles have had a chance to briefly recover and you feel you are ready to move on. 

You can perform this 10-Minute Daily Ab Workout 5-6 times per week to get great results.

Lastly guys, you’ve heard me say before that you’ve got to get your nutrition right if you want visible abs. No core workout–no matter how good–will work unless you watch what you put in your mouth.

If you’re looking for a complete training and nutrition plan that will help you build muscle and get lean and strong, check out our ATHLEAN-X programs. Regardless of your fitness level, we’ve got a well-rounded workout program that will work for you.


  1. You don’t need much space, time, or any equipment to get an effective ab workout.
  2. This 10-minute abs workout hits every ab muscle: the rectus abdominis, internal and external obliques, transverse abdominis, and even the serratus.
  3. The serratus is an often-overlooked ab muscle, located up high on the rib cage.
  4. These eight abdominal exercises combine elements of leg raises, crunches, sit-ups, Russian Twists, and mountain climbers for abdominal activation and metabolic effect.
  5. The goal is to do each exercise for 45 seconds followed by a 15-second rest period and then a quick transition time to the next exercise.
  6. Proper nutrition is necessary for visible abs. Well-developed abs can’t be seen if they’re covered with belly fat.

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Jeff Cavaliere M.S.P.T, CSCS

Jeff Cavaliere is a Physical Therapist, Strength Coach and creator of the ATHLEAN-X Training Programs and ATHLEAN-Rx Supplements. He has a Masters in Physical Therapy (MSPT) and has worked as Head Physical Therapist for the New York Mets, as well as training many elite professional athletes in Major League Baseball, NFL, MMA and professional wrestling. His programs produce “next level” achievements in muscle size, strength and performance for professional athletes and anyone looking to build a muscular athletic physique.

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