8 Minute Abs Workout – The Best Core Firming Abs Workout

8 Minute Abs Workout

Just 8 minutes to tighten and tone your abs, with no equipment.

Yep, you are just 8 minutes away from tightening and toning your abs. No equipment. No ab wheel or anything of that sort.

They’re not that effective anyway.

Regardless of what you’ve got going on, Don’t let a time crunch get in your way of strong, flat abs!

This quick 8-minute abs workout is simple, yet very effective at targeting your core.

It’s inspired by the original infamous “8 Minute Abs Workout video from the early ’90s.

You can see the video here below.


Just as the original “video”, this routine is also equipment free, so you can do it anywhere.

The workout features 8 exercises and is divided into two circuits. Each circuit has 4 exercises.

Perform all four exercises in the first circuit before moving to the next.

The challenge is to do both circuits in 8 minutes.

I have to warn you. This is probably the hardest ab challenge you’ll ever do.

Trying to complete all these 8 core exercises in 8 minutes is no joke, but it’s rewarding.

8-Minute Abs Workout

Scroll down past the image to see the details on how to do each of the abs exercises in the circuit.

Diagonal Plank

Diagonal plank 1

1. Start in a plank position, then walk your legs apart until they are a bit wider than your hips. Make sure your hips are lifted, and your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your heels.

Diagonal plank 2

2. Keeping torso stable, lift your right arm up and slightly out on the diagonal. Hold this position for two seconds, then return to elbow plank. Repeat with the left arm. This completes one rep. Do two 12-15 reps on each side.


V-crunch position 1

1. Lie down flat on the floor with your legs straight and your arms at your sides. Lower back pressed to the ground.

V-Crunch position 2

2. In one motion, quickly lift your torso into an upright position as you pull your knees to your chest. Pause for 1-2 seconds, then slowly lower your body back to the starting position. That’s one rep. Do as many as you can within the 20-second mark.

Down-Dog Split-Knee Up

Down-Dog Knee up

1. Begin in a downward-facing dog, then raise your right leg to move into a down-dog split. Bend your right knee and pull it toward your forehead.

Down-Dog Knee up 2

2. Straighten the leg back, and repeat the movement for 10-seconds. Switch legs and repeat.

Side V-Crunch

Side V-crunch 1

1. Lie on your right side, with your left hand behind your head and right hand on the floor.

Side V-crunch position 2

2. Pressing down into your right hand, raise your straight legs off the floor and bring your torso toward your legs. Pause for 1-2 seconds, then slowly lower yourself back down with control. That’s one rep. That’s one rep. Do as many as you can within the 10-second mark. Then switch sides and repeat on the other side.

Crunch Chop

Crunch chop position 1

1. Lie face-up flat on your back, holding a small dumbbell ( 2-5 lbs ). Extend your arms above your head, and clasp your hands as you raise your legs toward the ceiling.

Crunch chop position 2

2. Lift your head and shoulders, open the legs and chop your hands through your legs. Pause for 1-2 seconds, then return to the starting position. Do as many as you can within the 20-second mark.

Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers position 1

1. Being in a plank position with your arms completely straight and directly under your shoulders. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles.

Mountain climbers position 2

2. Keeping your abs engaged, pick up your right foot and slowly bring your right knee toward your chest. Return to start. Repeat with your left side. Continue alternating sides for 20 seconds. 

Side Plank Toe Touch

Side plank toe touch position 1

1. Lie on your right side with your legs straight. Prop yourself up with your right forearm so your body forms a diagonal line. 

Side plank toe touch position 2

2. Tighten your abs and extend the right leg in front of the hip (keep knee as straight as possible, bending to modify if needed) and touch toes with the left hand. Do as many as you can without breaking your form within the 10-seconds. Switch sides and repeat.


Scissors exercise position 1

1. Lie flat on your back. Extend your arms so they’re against the sides of your body with your palms face down and pressing into the floor. Raise your upper body off the floor so your shoulder blades hover.

Scissors exercise position 2

2. Lift your right leg off the floor, and bring your left leg to 90 degrees, gently holding the left shin. Keep your upper body lifted as you switch or scissor your legs to complete one rep. Continue alternating for 10-20 seconds.


There you have it!

A quick and simple 8-minute abs workout to both strengthen the core and tone your abs. You don’t need an expensive abs machine to get an effective abs workout. Your bodyweight alone is all you need to get the results you want. 

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Don’t forget to come and let us know how you felt after performing the 8-Minute Abs.

Misato Alexandre


After making healthy living a priority, Misato lost over 20 lbs in less than 90 days. Instead of weight loss being a dreading experience, living the lifestyle of health and fitness granted her more happiness and joy than ever before. She co-founded Fitwirr to make health and fitness simple for everyone and share her tips through writing evidence-based articles on nutrition, weight loss, and exercise.

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