10 creative ways to strengthen your abs without crunches

If you’re anything like my clients, you may not love crunches or ab exercises where you lie on your back and lift your head off of the ground, because…

  • They don’t feel good on your neck
  • You think they’re boring (fair lol)
  • You have a diagnosis like osteoporosis and your medical provider told you to avoid them.

Buuuuu-uuuut you still want strong abs! Is there a way to strengthen your core without lifting your head? Absolutely! Below are 10 creative + totally effective exercises to challenge your abs, improve posture, and build core strength without ever lifting your head off of the floor.


Baby Bear

Same Side Dead Bug

Half Roll Backs with Bicep Curls

Banded Bird Dogs

Kettlebell or Dumbbell Pull Overs

Knee Hovers

Kneeling Kettlebell or Dumbbell Halos

Banded Windmills

Single Leg Slides

Twisted Plank Slides