This Seated Ab Exercise Lets You Train Your Core Without Getting Off Your Butt

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Photo credit: Men's Health

If a six pack was part of your summer plan, you can still put in work towards accomplishing that goal. But sometimes your ab workout can't wait, even if you're spending the waning days of summer with your butt planted next to the pool.

Rather than wasting those precious daylight hours in the gym—or even standing up to move to a yoga mat—take on this exercise from trainer Faris Khan's new Summer Strength Challenge program for Men's Health MVP. You can train your abs from the seated position for a friendlier, more accessible move than situps or hollow holds, which force you to get into a supine position down on your back. The seated leg lift is simple, effective, and best of all, more than just a core crusher.

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"The best part about this move is that it's going to strengthen and mobilize your hips at the same time," Khan says. Add the seated leg lift to your next poolside session or beach day to put in some core work without ever leaving your towel.

How to Do the Seated Leg Lift Ab Exercise

●Sit down on your butt with your legs extended out in front of you.

●Keep your torso up with a straight back, and extend your arms straight out to each side. Squeeze your biceps and core to create full upper body tension.

●Lift one leg up as high as you can without compromising your upper body posture. Hold for a two count, making sure that you keep up the tension in your upper body.

●Lower the leg, then repeat on the opposite side.

●Repeat for 2 to 3 sets of 10 reps per side.

For more innovative bodyweight workouts from Khan, check out the full Summer Strength Challenge program, available through Men's Health MVP.

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