Sick of sit-ups? Driven crazy by crunches? Try these ab-tastic tummy toning moves instead. This workout targets the core and the abs. Plus, it’s great for anyone who spends their day at a desk. It will get you standing tall by activating your core, helping to eradicate the hunched shoulders and body-folding encouraged by regular ab workouts.

How to do it

Perform the moves back to back, without rest, for the allotted reps. When you complete one set of all the moves, take a minute’s rest, then repeat.

Beginner: 3 x 10 reps

Intermediate: 4 x 15 reps

Advanced: 5 x 20 reps

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Plank Extension


Begin in plank position with your forearms resting on a stability ball and your elbows close to your body.

Nudge the ball forwards as far as is comfortable without letting your hips drop. Then bring it back to the start and repeat.

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Stability Ball Pike


Begin in plank position with your feet resting on a stability ball.

Keeping your legs straight, hinge at your hips, as far as comfortable pushing your bottom into the air.

Slowly extend your body to push the ball back to the starting position and repeat.

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Lie on your back with legs extended and arms overhead.

In one swift movement, keeping your arms and legs straight, bring your hands to meet your toes or as close as you can get.

Lower back to the start then repeat. Add a weight for an extra challenge.