You don’t need any equipment for this quick three-move core workout

This short mid-body circuit workout will strengthen your core, improve your balance, and boost your performance

A woman performing a side plank as part of a core workout
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You don't need to go to the gym to train your abs. In fact, you don't need any equipment at all. 

This three-move workout will fire up your core using just your bodyweight. It doesn't take long either, making it a great session to have saved for when you're short on time, can't make the gym, or are looking for some quick lunch break movement. 

We like using one of the best yoga mats for floor-based workouts like this one as they offer a little extra cushioning for our spine and limbs, but if you have a rug or carpeted floors, you should be fine without one. 

This simple yet effective session was created by NSCA-certified personal trainer Morit Summers, who says she loves the three programmed exercises for building core strength, stability, and mobility. 

Find out how to perform each one by watching her video below, then follow the recommended number of sets and repetitions in the caption for a great core workout. 

Watch Morit Summers' core workout

This routine uses many of the best ab workouts, which contain a variety of exercises, using different movement patterns and static holds to hit multiple muscles in the core. 

For example, the dead bugs in Summers' session will engage the often-overlooked transverse abdominis (key for stabilizing the spine) while the side plank with rotation is a serious challenge for the internal and external obliques (informally known called "side abs").

Many people train their abs for aesthetic reasons, but a good core workout has far more to offer. Strengthening this area can improve your balance and stability, as well as benefitting your performance in other exercises like running and lifting weights. 

This is especially true of weighted compound exercises like the squat, which rely on a strong and stable spine to support your body as you lift a dumbbell, barbell, kettlebell, or other weight. 

You could use this as a standalone session, or add it to the end of a resistance training workout as an effective ab-focused finisher. It would pair well with one of the best leg workouts, or this comprehensive lower body strength session

Harry Bullmore
Fitness Writer

Harry Bullmore is a Fitness Writer for Fit&Well and its sister site Coach, covering accessible home workouts, strength training session, and yoga routines. He joined the team from Hearst, where he reviewed products for Men's Health, Women's Health, and Runner's World. He is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of exercise, and splits his time between weightlifting, CrossFit, and gymnastics, which he does to build strength, boost his wellbeing, and have fun.

Harry is a NCTJ-qualified journalist, and has written for Vice, Learning Disability Today, and The Argus, where he was a crime, politics, and sports reporter for several UK regional and national newspapers.