Get up off the floor and work your core more with this standing abs workout. Tone and strengthen your tummy anywhere with these body weight standing ab exercises! Improved balance, better posture, and no workout mat needed. Having a strong core is non-negotiable if you take your physical health seriously.

The core muscles support the spine, brace the organs, improve posture, and (when properly conditioned) enable safe, efficient movement for the entire body. Think of the core as your body’s central engine (the pilot behind functional movement).

Standing abs exercises offer plenty of bonus benefits—you’ll engage more muscles at once, improve your postural support, and burn more calories than most traditional floor exercises. Plus, you don’t need any equipment or a lot of space to do these standing exercises for lower abs, upper abs, obliques, and every other inch of your core.

Try them at home, in your hotel room, or at the gym to chisel your stomach without lying on any dirty floors.

How it works: Do 3 sets of the recommended number of reps for each exercise below. For best results, do this routine after your regular strength or cardio session up to four days a week.

How to:

  • Stand with feet together, knees slightly bent, hands behind head, and left heel lifted.
  • Brace abs in tight and lift left knee up as right shoulder rotates towards knee (try to touch).
  • Lower back to start.

Do 20 reps per side.

2. Extended Toe Touch

How to:

  • Stand on right leg, knee slightly bent, with left leg extended low behind hip.
  • Extend right arm straight overhead, palm facing forward.
  • Slightly extend spine and lift chest, raising left leg as high as you can, reaching right arm up.
  • Scoop abs into spine and sweep left leg forward, reaching right hand to toes.
  • Return to start.

Do 10 reps per side.

3. Leaning Lifting Crunch

How to:

  • Stand with feet together, knees slightly bent, arms extended overhead, palms pressed together.
  • Lean torso to the right, stretching through left side.
  • Next, brace abs in and slowly lean to the left as left leg extends out to the side, lifting leg with pointed toe.

Do 20 reps per side.

4. Rotating Deadlift

How to:

  • Begin in a split stance with left foot forward, knees slightly bent, hands behind head.
  • Engage abs and hinge forward from hips, keeping spine naturally straight, until chest is almost parallel to floor.
  • As body returns upright (maintaining flat back), rotate torso to the left, looking back over left shoulder.

Do 15 reps per side.

5. Stepping Chop

How to:

  • Stand with feet together, knees bent, hands clasped, and arms extended overhead.
  • Take a wide step out to the side with left leg as arms chop down to left hip.
  • Bring left foot back to right and swing arms overhead to the right.

Do 20 reps per side.

6. Skating Windmill

How to:

  • Stand on left leg, right leg bent behind body, foot lifted low.
  • Bend left knee and lean forward, reaching right arm to the floor in front of left foot, extending left arm up behind body.
  • Jump off left foot and leap to the right, bending elbows and bringing hands together in mid-air.
  • Land on right leg, with knee bent, reaching left arm to right foot, right arm extended behind body.
  • Repeat to the other side.
  • That’s one rep.

Do 10 reps.