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30-Day Abs Challenge

author image Jess Barron
Jess Barron is head of editorial at LIVESTRONG.COM.She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio. Barron's writing has appeared on, Yahoo! and
30-Day Abs Challenge
A proper plank will work many muscles, including your abs. Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

Wouldn’t it be great to get firm, toned abs in 30 days? We created a challenge that will get you a six-pack in time for summer. You’ll not only look amazing — you’ll strengthen your core which will lessen your chance of back pain. Best of all, you can achieve this in just a few minutes each day, with no equipment needed, just a few free online videos.

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In our 9 essential fitness benchmarks for women and the essential benchmarks for men, experts set the 2-minute plank as the benchmark for core strength for men and women. If you can’t do a 2-minute plank yet (or even a 20-second plank), don’t worry! Give us just 30 days, and we’ll get you there.

I’m starting this on July 11. Who’s with me? Join our LIVESTRONG.COM 30-Day Ab Challenge Facebook Group to get daily encouragement and motivation.

Share the challenge calendar with your friends on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter, and here’s a calendar you can print out on one page:

30 days worth of fabulous ab toning.
30 days worth of fabulous ab toning. Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

Here are all the videos you need to get started:

1. Here’s how to do a proper plank:

Plank Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

2. Here’s how to do a boat pose:

Boat Pose
Boat Pose Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

3. Here’s how to do bicycle crunches:

Bicycle crunch
Bicycle crunch Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

4. Here’s how to do scissor kicks a.k.a. single leg lifts:

Scissor kicks
Scissor kicks Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

5. Here’s Cassey Ho’s Fabulous Flat Abs Video (16 minutes) or press “play” below:

6. Here’s the STRONGER “Fire” Workout Video (33 minutes) or press “play” below:

7. Here’s the STRONGER “Soldier” Workout Video (36 minutes) or press “play” below:

What do you think? Are you with me on this? Join our Facebook Group to get daily encouragement and motivation.

Are you inviting your friends and family to join in? Let's get flat abs by Labor Day. Tweet me @JessDandy, and let me know if you’re joining the 30-day challenge. I hope you will!


Readers - Will you try our 30-day ab challenge? If not, what’s stopping you? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Jess Barron is the General Manager of LIVESTRONG.COM. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer's Market food, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012 Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY and mixed martial arts. Jess has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now and XM satellite radio, and her writing has appeared on and Yahoo!

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