Hey y’all! Today I have some beginner resistance band exercises for abs that are perfect for strengthening your core. These exercises will tone and tighten your stomach muscles so you can have some abs to be proud of.
To do these exercises you will need a mini loop resistance band*. Resistance bands are a great addition to any home gym. They are easy to use and have a large range of exercises you can do with them to help tone your entire body. They are also small and lightweight which makes them great for traveling and exercising outdoors.
I also have a Beginner Band Workout for Arms that uses resistance bands as well.
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Beginner Resistance Band Exercises for Abs
Standing Knee Raises
Step into the resistance band and place it at your thighs. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and place your hands behind your head with your elbows opened wide.
Next, crunch your left oblique in as you lift your left knee and try to touch it to your left elbow. Imagine doing a side crunch in the air. Lower your left leg as you straighten up. Repeat on the other side.
Plank Leg Jumps
Place the resistance band around your ankles and get into a basic plank position. Hands directly below your shoulders, tummy pulled in, flat back, and a straight line from your head to your heels.
Start with your feet close together but not touching. Next, jump your feet out wide while holding your plank. Jump your feet back in and that’s one repetition.
Place the resistance band around your ankles and get into a basic plank position. (See explanation above if you need more details.)
Next, walk your right hand and your right foot out to the side while maintaining a flat back. Then walk your left arm and leg so that your hands are back underneath your shoulders. That’s one repetition.
Alternating Toe Touches
Step into the resistance band and place it a little above your knees. Lay flat on your back with your knees bent and your hands behind your head.
While keeping you right toe touching the ground, lift your left knee up toward your chest. Keep your left knee bent at a 90-degree angle.
Next, switch your legs and touch your left toe to the ground while your right knee comes up toward your chest. For an added workout, lift your head and shoulders off the mat.
Step into the resistance band and place it between your knees and mid-thigh. Next lay on your back and place your hands behind your head, knees bent.
Next, crunch your head and shoulders off the mat and cross your right arm across your body. At the same time, pull your left knee in and try to touch your right elbow. Your right leg should lift off the mat, but stay out straight.
Hold the position for 1 count and then switch. Try to touch your left elbow to your right knee while your left leg straightens out.
Plank Side Knee Raises
Step into the resistance band and place it right above your knees. Get into a basic plank position with hands below your shoulders and a flat back. Next, lift your right leg and try to touch your knee to your elbow.
Try to keep your hips down during this move. It can be a little tricky. Step your foot back to a basic plank position and repeat on the other side.
Step into the resistance band and place it around your toes. Next, get into a basic plank position. Then quickly alternate bringing your knees to your chest one at a time.
You can start out slow to get the hang of it, but then you want to go as quickly as you can. For an added workout, try to keep your hips down and a straight line from your shoulders to your feet throughout the move.
Beginner Band Core Workout
To use these exercises in a full core workout, follow this routine:
Standing Knee Raises x10 each leg
Plank Leg Jumps x10
Plank Walks 2 to the right, 2 to the left. x5 each side
Alternating Toe Touches x10 each leg
Bicycles x10 each leg
Plank Side Knee Raises x10 each side
Mountain Climbers x15 each leg
I created this routine to be used with a medium resistance band. To increase the intensity, use a heavier resistance band or complete another circuit of the routine. To decrease the intensity, use a lighter resistance band, or lower the numbers of reps.
If you don’t have one yet, don’t forget to get a resistance band!
Conclusion to Beginner Resistance Band Exercises for Abs
So those are some great beginner resistance band exercises for abs. If you want more exercise routines or ideas, follow me on Pinterest here. If you have any other great core or band exercises, comment below or email me at Candice@littlestepsbighappy.com.
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