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This 8-Minute Standing Abs Workout Feels Like A Full-On Dance Party

Rachel Warren & Caitlin Riley
December 20, 2021
December 20, 2021

Welcome to mbg moves! We've been working out at home more than ever lately—and we know our readers are, too. To help keep your fitness routine feeling fresh, we're releasing a new at-home workout every Monday to start your week off strong. Each month will feature routines from a different incredible trainer we adore. Now, let's get moving with our spotlight trainers: Rachel Warren & Caitlin Riley.

We all know how important core-focused workouts are for your overall strength and stability. But when it comes to cranking out an abs workout, we don't always feel like grabbing a mat and hitting the floor. That's one of the many reasons we created this convenient and lively standing abs workout.

You can do the entire core-energizing routine in under eight minutes, without getting on the ground. Not only is it convenient, but it's also a great way to shake up your usual abs workout. And, in true Forward_Space fashion, we're going to dance our way through the whole thing.

So whether you need a quick movement break, or you want to tack an extra abs challenge onto your upper body or leg work—give this vibrant routine a try.

Your 4-week challenge: Let's dance our way to 2022! This month, we're sharing four different dance-centric routines you can do from home—each one targeting a different area of your body. We encourage you to make these fun routines part of your weekly workout schedule as often as you can—but aim for at least two to three times a week.

Workout Summary

  • Time: 8 minutes
  • Equipment: None
  • Instructions: Find demonstrations of each individual dance move & exercise below. Follow along with the video for choreography and timing.

Single-Single Double

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  1. Start in a standing position, with your hands at your sides.
  2. Engage your lower abs to lift your right knee toward your chest. At the same time, bring both hands to touch underneath your bent knee.
  3. Lower your foot back to the ground as you lift your hands overhead. Repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Repeat once on each side, then complete two reps on each side, one after the other.

Oblique Twist

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  1. Start in a standing position, with feet hip-width apart.
  2. Kick your right leg forward as you twist your arms to the right, engaging your obliques.
  3. Repeat on the opposite side.

Knee-To-Elbow Sweep

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  1. Start in a standing position, with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart.
  2. Bend your right knee, and engage your right oblique to lift it toward the right side of your body.
  3. At the same time, bend your right arm, bringing your right elbow to meet your knee.
  4. Complete 3 reps, then bring your right foot back down to the ground, and bend to the side, reaching your right hand toward your right foot.
  5. Repeat as indicated, before switching to the opposite side.

Lunge + Upper Body Twist

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  1. Start in a standing position with your feet hip-width apart. Extend your arms straight out to the sides.
  2. Bend your left leg, and engage your abs to bring your knee toward your chest.
  3. At the same time, twist your right arm across your body, to the left side.
  4. Bring your arms back to start as you bring your left foot down behind you, into a high lunge.
  5. Repeat as indicated before switching to the opposite side.

Lunge + Knee-To-Chest

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  1. Start in a high lunge position, with your left leg back. Bring your hands behind your head, with your elbows bent, and pointing out.
  2. Engage your lower abs to bring your left knee toward your chest, and tuck your pelvis, bringing your chest toward your knee. With control, return to start.
  3. Repeat as indicated before switching sides.
Rachel Warren & Caitlin Riley author page.
Rachel Warren & Caitlin Riley
Fitness Instructors

Rachel Warren is the VP of Instructor Operations, Training and Development at FORWARD__Space, as well as a Founding Team Member and Instructor. Since her 2008 arrival to New York City, she has taught for a variety of non-profit dance organizations and fitness companies. In 2010 she became a company member with Kristin Sudeikis Dance and has had the incredible opportunity to perform at BAM, BRIC Arts Media, the Brooklyn Dance Festival and most recently at Arts on Site. As a professional dancer and seasoned teacher, Rachel seeks to share movement with generosity, clarity and a keen attention to detail—she's excited to bring the FORWARD__Space experience to mbg moves!

Caitlin Riley comes to you from Toledo, Ohio and holds a deep passion for dance, health, and wellness. After dancing competitively throughout her youth, she became a member of The Ohio State University’s Dance Team, serving as captain her senior year. She joined FORWARD__Space as an instructor in 2018 and brings her athleticism, leadership, love and FIRE to every FS sweat session.