People tend to think that the only way to work out your abdominal muscles is by laying down, but there are other alternatives you can do to work out your abs while standing. Standing workouts not only focus on your abs, but also give attention to other muscles in the body and help to improve your posture. Let's take a look at some of these routines you should try to work out your abs while standing.
Table of contents:
- torso rotations
- standing bicycle
- rotating deadlift
- extended toe touch
- high knee chops
- skating windmill
- jumping oblique twist
1 Torso Rotations
Torsos rotations are simple movements to try when you want to work out your abs while standing. There are many ways to do them, but one in particular is really challenging. As you place both hands on your hips (you can do this with weights as well), tilt downward towards your right with a straight back. Round your torso to the left as you come straight back up and then lean forward again to start a new repetition. Do this for 10 reps and then switch to the opposite direction.
2 Standing Bicycle
The Standing Bicycle should work your hamstrings, butt, and abs. The best way to do this is to stand with your feet together but your knees slightly bent. Rest your hands behind your head and lift your left knee as your right elbow rotates down to touch it. Repeat this movement for at least 15 to 20 reps and then switch to opposite leg and arm.
3 Rotating Deadlift
Anything that involves leaning forward towards the ground will always make for a great ab workout. The Rotating Deadlift involves placing your legs in a split stance with your knees bent and your hands rested behind your head. Lean forward facing the ground with a straight back and then lift up as you rotate your torso to the left. Ten reps should be fine until you switch to the opposite leg and side.
4 Extended Toe Touch
You will definitely feel the burn with the Extended Toe Touch, and for that reason, this is one of my favorite standing abdominal workouts. First, you want to stand with your right leg slightly bent and your left leg off of the ground, extended behind your hip. Your right arm should be standing tall as it reaches for the sky. As you bring that leg forward, your hand should be coming down to touch your foot. This tends to be a little bit more difficult,so 10-15 repetitions on each side should get the job done.
5 High Knee Chops
High Knee Chops are great for not only toning your abs but also for burning a few calories. Join your hands together slightly extended in the air above your head. As you lift your left knee in the air, drive your left elbow to the side of your hip. Continue to do this for 15 to 20 reps and then work out your right side.
6 Skating Windmill
The Skating Windmill is just a little more intense because you’re working out just about everything including your abdomen. Keep your left leg bent in front of you as your right leg is lifted off the ground behind you. Take your right arm and try to touch the ground in front of your left foot. Jump out with both legs stretched and arms resting in mid air. Then hop on opposite foot touching the ground with your left hand. Do this interchangeably for 10 repetitions.
7 Jumping Oblique Twist
This routine will have your heart pumping and all those calories running for dear life. As you hop up and down in the air, you want to rotate your hips from left to right in a slow even motion. Make sure your feet are always turning opposite to the direction of your torso. So, as your toroso and shoulders turn left, your lower body should be turning right. Continue this for a good 50 seconds.
Remember to always keep your abs tight and pressed in as you workout. You can do this by exhaling deeply and once your stomach flattens, try to maintain it that way until the end of your repetitions. What are some other abdominal workouts you can do while standing?
Sources: shape.com, fitnessblender.com
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