As the name suggests, this workout is done standing up, which means it engages the abdominal muscles more effectively. You don’t need too much space in which to do it, and you can do these exercises after your normal strength or cardio session up to four days per week.
Put your hands behind your head and stand with your feet together and your knees slightly bent. Lift your left heel and pull your abs in tight. Lift your left knee up as your right shoulder rotates towards your knee (try and touch the two together). Do 20 reps before repeating on the opposite side. Video
Standing on your right leg with your knee slightly bent, extend your left leg out behind you, keeping your foot just off the ground. Extend your right arm straight up, with your palm facing forward. Now for the toe touch: Scoop your abs into your spine and sweep your left leg forward and up as far as you can (don’t go too fast here, if you’re flexible you could end up kicking yourself), reaching out with your right hand at the same time to try and touch your left toes. Then return to start. Do 10 reps, and then repeat on opposite side. Video
Stand with your feet together and knees slightly bent. Extend your arms overhead, and with palms pressed together, lean your torso to the right, stretching through left side. Brace your abs in and slowly lean to the left as left leg extends out to the side, lifting leg with pointed toe. Do 20 reps, and then repeat on opposite side.
With left foot forward and your knees slightly bent, place your hands behind the head. Engage your abs and bend forward from hips, keeping your spine naturally straight, until your chest is almost parallel to floor. As you bring your body back to an upright position (maintaining flat back), rotate torso to the left, looking back over left shoulder. Do 15 reps, and then repeat on opposite side. Video
Do these four exercises four days a week for four weeks and you start to see the difference. Let us know how you get on!
Are these as effective as traditional floor exercises I wonder?
Standing toe touch is quite interesting because my partner does this as part of her yoga workout. I can imagine it works the lower abs quite well. She has a very toned stomach, for anyone who's interested.