most effective ab workouts – collection of our plank workouts

Hello purely fit friends!

The abs are always one body part that seem to get talked about a lot. And everyone has their own opinion on what defines sexy abs. Some like no definition, some like a little, some want full blown 6-packs, some just don’t care, etc.

For us, having some ab definition is sexy. We like muscles. We think they are sexy. We know their are naysayers out there but that is our opinion. We feel there is nothing wrong with a lady having some ab definition.

Here is a collection of our PLANK workouts that are great workouts for the core muscles. We find doing planks are an effective way to work the abs.

effective ab plank workouts to get strong core purelytwins

Of course there are plenty other great exercises that work the core. But planks are our favorite :)

Side note – hopefully this post will help being able to find all our different plank workout routines easier now that they are here together.

Plus we finally made a printable for our 8 minute plank workout. One of our most popular ones! Oh yay – love those planks!

Our love of planks history:

Started with learning to hold plank for 2 minutes straight. That started our love of planks. We did this everyday, slowly increasing our time.

Then worked on building up our core strength to be able to hold plank straight for 5 minutes. Took a few months to get there. But we did!

Then created our first 5 minute plank workout, which is another popular plank workout.

Seeing everyone love our first one we decided to do another 5 minute plank workout to continue to define abs with the addition of pull-ups and push-ups.

Here is the print out of our 8 minute #plankworkout! Sorry it took so long to make one for you guys. 

8 minute plank workout that will work the abs and full body purelytwins

plankworkout-8 minute  (click here for a printable PDF)

We did not stop there, as we wanted to really push the limit. We did a 8 minute plank workout.

Over the time of sharing our love fo planks we received several requests for more beginner plank workouts. so we created a plank and bridge interval that is great for moms and people starting out. And here is another easy plank to start your journey to strong abs through planking.

Then we upgraded and did a full body plank workout.  12 minute interval plank workout that not only fine tones the core but the whole body.

Next we created a 12 minute interval plank cardio workout that mixes basic core strength and cardio to help shred.

And most recently we created a different style of plank workout that works the full body and fine tones.

Other great ab workouts are:

10 minute flat ab routine

12 minutes to rock solid abs workout routine

cuteline3-01We’ve received a few emails and questions about what nutrition tips and food ideas are we going to be providing in our new workout program. Great question.

Going along with sharing our effective ab workouts, diet is just as important. In our program we plan to discuss more of this with you. Sharing pointers along the way!

Any food restriction and/or style of ‘diet’ you may follow is welcome in our program. We love everyone and hope to give you pointers and things to think about during the whole program. We plan to discuss things slowly, not overwhelm you. Again we want you to always be purely you and do what is right for your body. We are not looking to make you change your diet, just sharing general ideas to get you thinking about how you can apply them to your diet.

We will share some things that we are trying and learning with you. As hopefully you can take something away from what we have learned or experimenting with and apply it to your own life to see how you do. We hope that helps clarify that question. We will never push you to do something. This program is about learning and trying new things.

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Twins question: What is your favorite way to work the abs? Have you tried any of our plank workouts? Do you like ab muscles? what do you think makes sexy abs?

And for those who are doing our Purely Fit Life Power Program – get ready to do some planking!! ;)

till next time,

your coaches and friends, xo



PS. If you like this workout and are looking for more great real time full length workouts. Workouts that won’t take hours out of your busy day yet will give you amazing results. Join our online training club to start your fitness journey.


  1. Elisabeth says

    This was a great idea to put together one page that links to all of your awesome ab/plank workouts. Thanks, girls!

  2. inga says

    Hi you both,
    just HAVE to say I love love love your Blog! I just started training like one and a half year ago and since a while now, I started experimenting with my nutrition to find out what fit’s me. And sincerely: you are such a great inspriration! Finally two girls that finally seem to be like really “normal”. It’s just, that you give me a lot of inspiration and motivation, to keep on staying focused and to cherish myself and my body! Thank you!

  3. amanda jewell says

    That 8min plank workout looks killer!

    I have a reader’s request for you ladies. I just got my first shipment of gelatin and had some last night and this morning w a little bit of water and smashed blueberries. I’m kind of struggling with the flavor (even though it’s mild) & consistency. Could you ladies possibly do a post with all your favorite ways to consume gelatin including different “mush combos” and other ways to consume it?

  4. says

    Oh wow, these Plank Workoutsbare great!!! I love to add some abwork after my morning run, so this is perfect! I also love Ab Exercises with the TRX. I start to see my upper abs and I am so excited. I totally think women with abs are sexy!!

  5. says

    I love so many of y’alls ab & plank workouts.
    I just did planks with a leg lift using a resistance band today – oy, the resistance band really increased the challenge!
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  6. Courtney says

    Perfect timing! I was just wondering where to begin on the planks. I remember the first post a LONG time ago, but couldn’t remember when you ladies had posted it. This is perfect!

    Just to clarify, planks work the whole core, right? Including the back? I really need to work on balancing out my back muscles.

    • purelytwins says

      yes planks work a lot of different muscles, add in some bridge and supermans to work the back even more!!

    • purelytwins says

      for lower abs we love the classic lower ab raises, do about 4 sets and 20 reps with little rest in between :)

  7. says

    Hey girls! I love your site and your beautiful bodies! I have just joined the gym and would like to incorporate your exercises (really focusing on abs) into my workout but you have so many videos I don’t know what is best and where to start??? Please help me??? I’m on a life mission to sculpt my body back into top peak! and eventually look like yours!

  8. Robin Cardoso says

    Wow! That’s a cool workout! So far, I’ve managed to keep a firm belly with yoga at home, like from Do you think yoga is enough or should I ad some ab workouts, too?

    • purelytwins says

      Robin yoga could be enough! just depends on the person, but if you wanted to you could do some ab workout once or twice a week.

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