We’re all for planking your way to a stronger core. And odds are you have a handful of go-to bodyweight abs exercises that you do on the mat when you’re cooling down.
But if you’ve ever wondered how you can work your abs with the equipment available at your gym, we’ve got you covered with 17 creative and effective ways to take your abs routine up a notch.
We worked with Equinox trainer Gerren Liles to round up killer core moves using some of the most common gym equipment: a pull-up bar, cable machine, Bosu ball, abs roller, TRX straps, and barbell. And you can adjust them to fit any fitness level. Next time you’re at the gym (and dread doing another crunch), pick three of the moves below and do 2 to 3 sets for the recommended number of reps. Stick to it, and we promise you’ll feel the burn—and see results.
1. Hanging Leg Circles
Grip a pull-up bar with palms parallel, arms extended. (The bar should be high enough to hang from with legs extended, without feet touching the ground.) Engaging core and keeping legs straight, draw a big circle in the air with fee…