8 of the Best Barre Moves for Abs

Ever wonder what exercises in a barre workout are the best barre moves for abs? Short answer: all of them.

Every movement in Xtend Barre, whether technically a barre ab exercise or not, demands core strength and stability.

And that’s by design, explains Xtend Barre creator Andrea Rogers.

“Extend barre works to lengthen and strengthen your entire body while maintaining a strong connection with your core throughout the class,” she explains.

“An emphasis on proper alignment in a neutral spine and neutral pelvis, while drawing in and up the abdomen, will also strengthen and tone your core during our standing barre segment. We work on sculpting and strengthening your core throughout the class,” she adds.

That being said, there are some basic exercises for the abs that will do really Set your midsection on fire.

We asked Andrea to help round up the heavy hitters and put together the most effective barre ab workouts. Here are the best barre moves for abs.

1. Scissors

  • Lie on your back, draw your knees towards your chest and wrap your arms around your legs.
  • Lift your head, neck and shoulders off the ground. Place your hands behind your neck and extend your legs so they are perpendicular to the floor. Point your toes.
  • Keeping your head and shoulders up, lower your right leg to 45 degrees.
  • Quickly switch your legs so that your right leg is perpendicular to the floor and your left leg is bent at 45 degrees.
  • Continue switching legs for your desired number of repetitions.

2. Fixed diagonal cinch

  • Stand on the right side of a barre or chair.
  • Leaning to the left, place your left hand on the barrette to help maintain your balance. Raise your right arm up and extend your right leg out to the side so that your right toe is grazing the floor. For added resistance, hold a one-pound dumbbell in your right hand.
  • Use your oblique muscles to hinge at your waist as you raise your right leg and draw your right elbow down toward your right thigh.
  • Lower your right leg and raise your right arm, returning to your starting position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions before switching sides.

3. C curve lower and lift

  • Take a seat in the center of your mat. Squeezing a playground ball between your thighs, bend your knees so the soles of your feet are on the floor.
  • On a count of four, slowly lean back about 45 degrees and draw your abs in, creating a C-shaped curve with your spine.
  • On the next four counts, lift your chest and sit up, “stacking” the spine into a neutral position so that your shoulders are directly over your hips.
  • Repeat for your desired number of reps.

4. Hip lift

  • Lie on your back and place a playground ball between your thighs.
  • Lift your legs and bend your knees so your calves form a tabletop position. Place your hands at your sides with your palms facing down.
  • Pulse your feet toward each other twice, squeezing the ball. Then, using your abs to lift your hips off the ground, maintaining a tabletop position with your legs.
  • Slowly lower your hips and repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

5. Side plank pulses

  • From the supine position, roll onto your right side. Place your right arm on the floor so that it is perpendicular to your torso and your right elbow is directly under your right shoulder. Place your left hand on your waist.
  • Stack your left foot on top of your right. Using your right arm and the side of your right leg to support your weight, lift your body into a side plank position.
  • Lower your hips slightly toward the floor, then use your abdominal muscles to quickly lift. Continue lowering and lifting the hips in a quick, pulsating motion for your desired number of repetitions.

6. Plank rocks

  • Starting on your hands and knees, extend your right leg behind you and place your toes on the ground.
  • Extend your left leg behind you and lift into a plank position. Draw in your abs, flatten your back and make sure you are in a straight line from head to toe.
  • Use your toes to rock your body forward so that your shoulders extend beyond your fingertips. Rock back so your shoulders are stacked over your wrists.
  • Continue rocking back and forth for your desired number of reps.

7. Bow and Arrow Abs

  • Take a seat in the center of your mat. Pull your legs together and bend your knees so that the soles of your feet rest on the floor.
  • With straight elbows, raise your arms so they are parallel to the floor and your palms are facing each other. (For added resistance, hold a one-pound weight in each hand.) Lean back slightly and draw in your abs to create a C-shaped curve with your spine.
  • Holding that C-curve position, twist your torso to the left and draw your left elbow toward the mat.
  • When you come to a seated, neutral-spine position (your shoulders should be directly over your hips), twist to the right, extend your left arm in front of you and draw your right elbow back, as if you’re pulling. A bow string
  • Repeat for your desired number of repetitions before switching sides.

8. C-curve oblique twist

  • Take a seat in the center of your mat. With a playground ball squeezed between your thighs, bend your knees so the soles of your feet rest on the floor.
  • Lean back about 45 degrees and draw your abs in, creating a C-shaped curve with your spine. Raise your arms so they are parallel to the floor.
  • Using your obliques to rotate your torso to the left, maintaining that C-curve with your spine. Go back to the front.
  • Repeat for your desired number of repetitions before switching sides.

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