This ab workout only takes six minutes to grow and define core muscle

Training your abs doesn't have to be time consuming, just spare six minutes for this no equipment routine

Woman doing bicycle crunches during an ab workout
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Want to build a stronger core but need to fit this into a busy schedule? You can do this with the help of a no-equipment six-minute ab workout. The equipment-free routine is easy to slot into a hectic day and it can be completed anywhere. So, you'll struggle to think up a good enough excuse not to use these core building exercises.

If you incorporate weight training into your regular fitness regime, then you will be familiar with compound exercises and their ability to work multiple muscle groups at a time, including the core. For example, when you learn how to deadlift properly you will feel how crucial it is to engage the core as you perform the exercise.

However, strength training workouts of this nature can be time-consuming and might not be everyone's preferred style of exercise. This is where fitness trainer Gainsbybrains (opens in new tab), Sophie van Oostenbrugge, six-minute ab and core routine will be of use.

You will perform six different exercises for a minute each and you should refer to Ooostenbrugge's demonstrations to ensure you are targeting the right muscles using the correct form and avoiding injury. 

Watch Gainsbybrains' Six-Minute Ab Workout

Core strengthening exercises like the moves used in this workout have many benefits due to the fact your core is what stabilizes your body and allows it to move in various directions.

Back pain is extremely common and anyone can suffer from this, regardless of your age or fitness level. Research published in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (opens in new tab) revealed that core muscle-strengthening exercise was an effective rehabilitation solution for people suffering from chronic low back pain. It's clear just how important your core muscles are when it comes to holding you upright and combatting issues like back pain.

The same study added that core exercises paired with glute strengthening exercises are also beneficial for supporting your back and handling pain. Fortunately, lots of the best glute exercises can be incorporated into your next workout session. You might also want to pick up some of the best adjustable dumbbells to further your strength gains.

Regular core training will lead to more defined muscle across your stomach area. But you may find that you need to lower your body fat to notice this muscle definition in your midsection. In this case, a HIIT workout for fat loss is a useful routine to have to hand.

Jessica Downey
Staff Writer

Jessica is Staff Writer at Fit&Well. Her career in journalism began in local news and she holds a Masters in journalism. Jessica has previously written for Runners World, penning news and features on fitness, sportswear and nutrition. 


When she isn't writing up news and features for Fit&Well covering topics ranging from muscle building, to yoga, to female health and so on, she will be outdoors somewhere, testing out the latest fitness equipment and accessories to help others find top products for their own fitness journeys. Her testing pairs up nicely with her love for running. She recently branched out to running 10Ks and is trying to improve her time before moving on to larger races. Jessica also enjoys building on her strength in the gym and is a believer in health and wellness beginning in the kitchen. She shares all of this on her running Instagram account @jessrunshere which she uses for accountability and for connecting with like-minded fitness lovers.