10 Minute Abs

My friend Andrea introduced me to “10 minute abs” a few years ago, and it quickly became one of my go-to workouts. It’s easy to remember, and the only equipment required is a clock or timer.

It’s as simple as this: 10 minute abs = 10 ab exercises done for 1 minute each.


You can pick whatever exercises you want to do for the 10 minutes, but be sure to include moves that work the three major abdominal muscle groups:

  1. Rectus Abdominis (6-pack muscles that extend from the ribs to the pubic bone): Sample exercises include crunches, sit-ups and mountain climbers
  2. Internal and External Obliques (located on the sides of the rectus abdominis): Sample exercises include Russian twists, side crunches and side planks
  3. Transverse Abdominis (wrap under the obliques and around the spine): Sample exercises include standing cable twists and plank variations

My favorite series of movements is below. Now grab a timer, and let’s get to work!

10 Minute Abs

Complete the exercises below for one minute each in the order listed. After each minute, move straight from one movement to the next without resting.

  1. V-ups
  2. Full sit-ups
  3. Cross-body toe touches
  4. Bicycles
  5. Toe touch crunches
  6. Side plank (one side)
  7. Side plank (opposite side)
  8. In-and-outs
  9. Mountain climbers
  10. Plank with shoulder taps


Full Sit-Ups

Cross-Body Toe Touches


Toe Touch Crunches

Side Plank


Mountain Climbers

Plank with Shoulder Taps



Please note: I am not a licensed personal trainer or medical professional. Training plans, exercises, and related content on this website were derived from my own personal research and experience. While these routines have proven to be effective for me, you should always listen to your body and seek guidance from a medical professional before beginning a new exercise routine. 

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