The 5-Minute No-Crunch Workout For Gorgeous Abs

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When you hear “ab workout,” raise your hand if you immediately think crunches.🙋 Crunches are one of our go-to moves too, and they’re great at targeting your rectus abdominis muscle (aka those “washboard abs” we all picture when we think of the core). But it’s important to target ALL the muscles that make up your gorgeous midsection. (Not sure what those muscles are? We break it down in our post HERE!)

The key to sculpting every inch of your waistline is mixing in a variety of moves. We use this strategy with the Daily Workout to hit every major muscle group. Pro tip: many moves tone your core without actually being an “ab workout.” Every time we tell you to engage your core in a move like a single leg deadlift, back lunges, and tuck jumps, you’re getting some serious ab love! When you bring your belly button toward your spine, you’re actively strengthening those deep ab muscles.

For today’s workout, we put together 5 moves (that aren’t crunches!) to mix into your weekly routine. Some may not seem like an “ab exercise,” but remember that with proper form, you’ll be working that midsection and sculpting your beautiful waistline!

Did you see that we have the Tone It Up Jump Rope and Sliders available?! The sliders are perfect for adding resistance to your moves while fine toning small, important muscles. We love adding jump rope between the Daily Moves to bump up the heart rate and rev the metabolism! Find them HERE!

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Move Guide

Download your printer-friendly version HERE!

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Jump Rope

Tones your core, legs, booty, and arms while boosting your heart rate and metabolism!

Hold the rope ends in each hand while standing with your feet a few inches apart, knees slightly bent. Swing the rope over your head and jump when it reaches your legs. Make sure to land softly on your feet.

Complete 30 reps.

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Hip Dips

Strengthens your waistline, core, and shoulders!

Begin in a plank position with your elbows directly below your shoulders. Tilt your hips down and to the left, then over to the right. Continue this movement back and forth while keeping your core engaged.

Complete 15 reps on each side, 30 reps total.

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Leg Raises

Tones your lower abs and your hip flexors!

Lay on your back with feet together and hands below your booty to protect your back. Rase your legs a few inches off the ground. Keep your lower back on the ground as you raise your legs as high as you can. Slowly lower back down.

Complete 30 reps.

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Slider Mountain Climbers

Tones your lower core and shoulders while raising your heart rate and metabolism!

Begin in a plank position with your toes on the sliders, hands directly below shoulders, and core engaged. Slide your right foot up to your chest. As you push your right foot back to start, bring your left leg up to your chest. Continue alternating legs as fast as you can while maintaining proper form.

Complete 15 reps on each side, 30 total.

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Tilts

Sculpts your waistline!

Begin standing with your feet together and a dumbbell in each hand by your side. Tilt to the left and lower left dumbbell down your side. Then tilt to the right. Continue alternating sides.

Complete 15 reps on each side, 30 reps total.

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If you haven’t grabbed your Jump Rope or Slide N’ Sculpt Discs yet, you can get them HERE! You’ll love some other member faves in there, too. 😻 Oh, you know, just the cutest Meal Prep Containers ever!

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COMMENTS 20

  1. OMG the prep containers are heeeere :-) Thanks Tone It Up, I was waiting for that moment to come! :-)

    1. I think that every time they launch something! :(
      they should really get a European warehouse and distributor. it would be amazing

          1. Yes, free international shipping after a certain amount would be AWESOME!!!

    2. Pasa lo mismo con los envíos a Chile =( Además, me cobran extra por las proteínas y necesito sacar un permiso especial en el ministerio de salud de mi país.

    3. Right?? One day I wanted to place an order, and the shipping fees where soooo expansive. I emailed them, and they said they’re working on it. But it’s been 6-8 months so…

    4. I agree! I get excited when I receive discount codes but then remember how outrageous the international shipping is and don’t end up buying anything. :-/

    5. YES!! I have been looking to buy stuff but it was so expensive…. I hope they working on a warehouse in Europe so it could be less expensive!

  2. Looking forward to trying this out tonight! Should we do this one time through or do three sets of each rep?

    1. You can go through the whole thing one time through! Or if you want an extra burn, you can do it 2-3 more times! ;)

  3. I absolutely love this 5 min ab workout! I think abs are my fav because I’ve added it everyday since I read it!! 🙌🏻😳😬

  4. Hi girls i received the Gliders and they are hard to work with…..they are hard to move when trying to glide
    any tips on how to make them work easier?

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