This eight-move standing abs workout builds a seriously strong core without sit-ups

It’s rare to find an ab workout you actually enjoy. Endless sets of crunches, sit-ups or planks can be repetitive and boring, while the afterburn often leaves you wincing every time you move or laugh for days afterwards. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to do traditional lying ab exercises to strengthen your core. Physiotherapist Helen O’Leary, director of Complete Pilates (opens in new tab), has created a standing abs workout you can do at home to develop and maintain core strength. All you need is one of the best resistance bands and a spare 30 minutes.