10 Powerful Standing Ab Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

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Until recently I didn’t realize something like bodyweight standing ab exercises do exist.

Moreover, that they are effective and provide many unique benefits.

Benefits such as (1) maximized calorie burn, (2) less or no strain on the neck and lower back, (3) functionality, and (4) improved physical abilities. Just to name a few.

After putting together the list of 45 the most loved standing abs workout routines, I was inspired to test the most worthwhile standing ab exercises on myself and my personal training clients.

Since I got an amazing experience and feedback I decided to add the most effective standing ab exercises to the ab exercise database here on Abs Experiment.

Now, Here Are Those 10 Standing Ab Exercises…

Depending on your level of fitness, include standing ab exercises listed below in your workout routine or use them for a dynamic warm up.

1. Static Lunge Ab Twist

Lunge ab twist - #1 of 10 standing ab exericses

Static lunge ab twist is one of the most exciting standing ab exercises out there. This dynamic exercise is a more functional alternative to the regular ab twist exercise usually done seated with a stick on the shoulders.

With this exercise you not only work the obliques, but you engage legs, shoulders and different stabilization muscles of the entire core vastly. There isn't a body part that doesn't take a part in the movement. As a result this full body standing abdominal exercise helps to burn an impressive amount of calories.

This ab exercise will improve your power, strength and stability.

Click here for the instructions of Static Lunge Ab Twist.

2. Single Leg Sprint

Single Leg Sprint - #2 of 10 standing ab exericses

Sprinting involves all muscles in your body. It is intense. It burns enormous amount of calories. And sprinters usually look well built and ripped.

Single Leg Sprint is one of the most intensive standing ab exercises. With this exercise you can reap all the benefits of sprinting without stepping your foot on a track. Plus you can build your lower abs.

As being unilateral exercise, oblique muscles fire in as stabilizers as well. This standing ab exercise will help you to improve speed, stability, agility and power additionally.

Click here for the instructions of Single Leg Sprint.

3. Bodyweight Wood Chop

Bodyweight Wood Chop - #3 of 10 standing ab exercises

Bodyweight Wood Chop is a serious functional maneuver. This standing ab exercise will help you build the connection between your upper and lower body. And create a strong core for sports and life adventures.

This compound movement as other standing ab exercises requires engagement of lots of other key muscles beyond the obliques. Which is great as it increases the amount of calories burned throughout the training.

With this exercise you will improve your explosive power, hip and shoulder mobility and stability as well.

Click here for the instructions of Bodyweight Wood Chop.

4. Prayer Squat Twist

Prayer Squat Twist - #4 of 10 standing ab exercises

Prayer Squat Twists is a vigorous standing ab exercise for torturing the obliques. This compound bodyweight ab exercise helps to build a link between your upper and lower body. It enhances the performance of sports and everyday tasks. Particularly if you do use your core for the rotational moves vastly.

Not only your core will get stronger, but your entire body will. This exercise will help to develop a functional core, improve postural support and hip mobility. Just to name a few benefits.

Click here for the instructions of Prayer Squat Twists.

5. Standing Single Leg V-Ups

Standing Single Leg V-Ups - #5 of 10 standing abdominal exercises

Standing Single Leg V-Ups is an astonishing standing ab exercise targeting upper and lower abs with a single move. This is a far more functional alternative to the regular single leg v-ups performed on the floor.

As all standing ab exercises, this one too involves more muscles in the movement. That results in more calories burned throughout the ab workout.

This bodyweight standing ab exercise is favorable for everyone trying to lose weight and develop toned and functional waistline. This exercise won’t get your abs bulky as long as you are using the resistance of your bodyweight. If you do play sports or have active hobbies, this exercise is worth a try as it can improve your performance.

Click here for the instructions of Standing Single Leg V-Ups.

6. High Knees Twists

High Knees Twists - #6 of 10 standing abdominal exercises

Be prepared. High Knees Twists is one of the most intensive cardio type standing ab exercises. While similair to a regular high knees exercise, this variation is designed to put your abodominal muscles more to work. Especially the obliques by twisting the torso side to side.

This exercise will not only attack your abdominal muscles, but it will destroy a crazy amount of calories as well. Use this exercise to trim down the waistline without bulking up. Invest in developing functional core strength for sports and everyday tasks.

You will notice improvements in speed, stability, agility and power. As well as in strength and cardio vascular endurance.

Click here for the instructions of High Knees Twists.

7. Standing Side Crunches

Standing side crunches - #7 of 10 standing abdominal exercises

Standing Side Crunches is a more functional alternative to a regular side crunches done on the floor.

Similar to other standing ab exercises, this one recruits a lot of other muscles in the movement too. Respectively this exercise will help you to burn more calories, build up the core strength and improve your balance at the same time.

Standing Side Crunches is more discreet on the lower back and neck. There just is no need to pull the neck or lay on the back. This variation of the exercise will certainly be appreciated by those who find regular lying ab exercises burdensome or impossible to perform.

Click here for the instructions of Standing Side Crunches.

8. Standing Bicycle Crunch

Standing Bicycle Crunch - #8 of 10 standing abdominal exercises

Standing Bicycle Crunch is a more functional variation of regular Bicycle Crunches. One of the most valuable things is that this one exercise works all the abdominal muscles at once with a special emphasis on the obliques.

This exercise will also help to burn more calories due to a standing position and a bunch of additional muscles involved in the movement. As all other standing ab exercises, this exercise lowers the risk of straining the neck or hurting the lower back too. These type of injuries are frequent occurrence for the ab exercises done on the floor with poor technique.

Use this exercise to build up the functional core strength and improve the balance.

Click here for the instructions of Standing Bicycle Crunch.

9. Standing Crossover Toe Touches

Standing Crossover Toe Touches - #9 of 10 standing abs exercises

Standing Crossover Toe Touches is a functional standing abdominal exercise targeting the obliques. This compound bodyweight ab exercise helps to build the stronger link between upper and lower body. It also benefits in developing a mind muscle connection.

As being one of the standing ab exercises it requires the activity of many more muscles than just abs to perform the movement. Particularly the lower back.

Strong and healthy low back is the key element to any sport and activity. As a part of the core it optimizes both power and strength while protecting you from lower back injury in the process.

This exercise will help you to lift more, react quicker, adapt faster, and stabilize better.

Click here for the instructions of Standing Crossover Toe Touches.

10. Standing Overhead Circles

Standing Overhead Circles - #10 of 10 standing abs exercises

Standing Overhead Circles is a low impact full body standing ab exercise. It mobilizes and strengthens all the muscles around the waistline.

To perform this exercise with a maximum amplitude, you need to activate many other muscles in your body from top to down. Even your feet will kick in to avoid you from falling back.

This exercise is great for developing a mind-muscle connection. A better control over your core eases different physical tasks and activities, and protects you from lower back injuries on a daily basis.

You can expect improvements in balance and spinal support too.

Click here for the instructions of Standing Overhead Circles.

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