10-Minute Core Workout Routine: Quick Ab Exercises

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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to today’s workout! We have a great Core focused exercise routine on the agenda.

For this workout routine I use a stability ball. These exercises can also be done with a Bosu Ball or with no equipment on a mat. I enjoy the additional balance challenge of the stability ball, but there is always a way to modify so that you are working with the equipment you have at home. If you scroll down past the workout video, you will find the photo tutorial gallery. I demonstrate some equipment free modifications.

Remember that a balanced core workout will also activate the back of the body. I included the glute bridge exercise because pelvic stability and position is an important part of developing good posture and balance through your core and hips.

Pre-Workout Baby Snuggles

I really like this core workout, and I’ve been doing it 2-3X per week. It’s quick and easy enough that I can sneak in a round of two throughout the day. Also, because it’s low impact, if I’m doing the workout and my kids are around I don’t have to worry about one of them running under my feet during a plyometric move.

I filmed this workout for time, but when I squeeze in the workout I typically go for reps to account for adorable baby and pre-schooler interruptions. I like to encourage them to exercise and make it fun for them, so Esmé often gets to fly while I do sit-ups, and Maverick likes to sit on my back during the Plank Knee Thrust (done on the ground, not on the ball when he joins me).

Plank Knee Thrust: Part 1 (no ball). My son likes to sit on my back when I do this exercise.

Below you will find the workout breakdown for time and for Repetitions.

When I filmed this workout my plan was to do one round, 15-minutes of cardio on the treadmill and go for a second round. Instead I did one round paired with a 30-minute run on the treadmill. I found myself really enjoying the run and my music playlist, so I did an easy paced (comfortable enough to talk) 3-mile run.

I hope that you enjoy today’s workout. I filmed a 60-minute yoga flow, but I’m having issues with the audio not syncing correctly. If I can figure out how to fix that, I will post the yoga video this week. Let me know what you think of today’s workout.

See you soon!


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The Workout:

Set your interval timer for 10 Rounds of 10/50.

For Repetitions: 50-Reps Per Exercise. Cross Reach and Plank Knee Thrust are 25-Reps per Side.

  1. Sit-up
  2. Cross Reach: Right
  3. Cross Reach: Left
  4. Ball Pull
  5. Tick Tock Abs
  6. Reverse Crunch
  7. Glute Bridge
  8. Leg/Hip Lift with Reverse Crunch
  9. Plank Knee Thrust: Right
  10. Plank Knee Thrust: Left

This workout can be repeated up to 3X.

Photo Tutorial:

7 thoughts on “10-Minute Core Workout Routine: Quick Ab Exercises

  1. Teresa (Portugal)

    Gonna try today!! Love your enthusiam on all your workouts.
    Been dowing them for some time and seeing the results. Thanks for all that you do! ❤️

  2. Andria

    This was my first workout at home with a stability ball. Whew! It really adds a new dimension! Thank you so much. I paired this with 20 mins cardio.

  3. Kathy Theado

    I have not tried this particular work out yet, but have done many of the ones on YouTube that last approx 40 mins. It is such a great work out with the variety of exercises, weights, cardio, etc. I am 66 years old and have never been in such great shape! Thanks Melissa, for offering these free, at home work outs. I have been following you for about a year now and could not be happier with all your influence and challenges! I have never wanted to join a gym and spend the extra time driving back and forth. I have been doing step aerobics with weights for about 25 years (VHS) and still continue with that 1 day a week, but the addition of your exercises really gives me the strength I want. Thanks again!

  4. Hailee Schmidt

    Thanks for the great workout Melissa! My ball deflates really fast, in the market for a new one.. what brand do you like?

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