This 5-minute abs workout builds a stronger core and six-pack abs

If you're short on time, this quick routine blasts your abs and improves your posture, stability, and performance

Woman doing an abs workout
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At the start of the year, many people make resolutions or plan out their fitness goals. But then, as the holiday season fades and we return to routine, it can be hard to fit in your workouts and make progress.

Rather than carving out time for the gym, you can get around this using the best workout equipment for home. But if you're really tight on time, you can still train hard using this five-minute abs workout.

You don't need any equipment, so you can do this anywhere you have enough space to roll out a yoga mat. Even if you're on the go without a mat, any area where you feel comfortable laying down works too.

The routine is a great way to build core strength, which is an essential component of your overall fitness and health and can help you in other exercises. You'll work for 50 seconds per move with a 10-second break between.

Watch TIFF X DAN's five-minute abs workout

The routine comes from the fitness-focused YouTubers TIFF X DAN. The pair launched their channel at the start of the pandemic to help people keep in shape without access to gyms or professional equipment.

It's an intense session, with one YouTube user even commenting, "Thank you so much! I'm enjoying your workouts and my abs are on fire!" Whether you're just starting out or an experienced exerciser, you'll feel the burn by the end.

This makes it a convenient way to start working towards six-pack abs, although there's more to a stronger core than visually-pleasing muscle. Your core plays a vital role in strength, stability, and health; according to one study, a stronger core can help reduce the risk of injury while exercising, but it also promotes circulation (ideal for performance and recovery), builds stability, and improves your posture.

While you don't want to neglect other areas of your body, it's worth incorporating the best workouts for abs into your training schedule too. There are plenty of moves to train your core, from crunches to mountain climbers.

If you like the time-saving impact of this YouTube workout, consider picking up one of the best ab rollers as well. These ab wheels are lightweight and portable, so you can fit in a couple of moves wherever you are.

James Frew
Fitness Editor

James is a London-based journalist and Fitness Editor at Fit&Well. He has over five years experience in fitness tech, including time spent as the Buyer’s Guide Editor and Staff Writer at technology publication MakeUseOf. In 2014 he was diagnosed with a chronic health condition, which spurred his interest in health, fitness, and lifestyle management.

In the years since, he has become a devoted meditator, experimented with workout styles and exercises, and used various gadgets to monitor his health. In recent times, James has been absorbed by the intersection between mental health, fitness, sustainability, and environmentalism. When not concerning himself with health and technology, James can be found excitedly checking out each week’s New Music Friday releases.