Get Stronger Abs in 30 Minutes With This At-Home Pilates Routine

Strengthening your abs isn’t about fitting into your skinny jeans. Having a strong midsection improves your posture, balance, and alignment and can help prevent injuries too. Lucky for you, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym to tone up your tummy.

This 30-minute core strengthening workout from CLUB Pilates brings the reformer-based class right to your living room–at no cost. If you’re bored with your ab routine and you hate counting reps and sets, follow along with instructor Sarah Luna as she takes you through a fast-paced routine filled with Pilates variations of classic ab exercises.

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The routine starts out with a six-minute full-body warmup to get your muscles ready and your heart pumping. Then, you’ll begin the core work by getting into crunch position and pumping your arms. Next, you’ll move through different variations of bicycles, leg lifts, bridges, and scissors. After some supermans, plank variations, and arm extensions, you’ll end the workout with push-ups and hip flexor stretches.

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Although the main target of this routine is your core, Luna designed the workout to engage the entire body, so don’t be surprised if you feel the burn in your glutes, legs, and arms too. She also adds in some stretches between the exercises to help release any tension you might be feeling from the day.

After completing this workout, Luna says your body will feel strong and long. We recommend doing this routine a couple times a week to score those strong abs in no time.

These days I try to make sure every type of workout I do involves some abs exercises. And on the days when I really want to focus on strengthening my core, I’m torn between doing classic moves on the mat like crunches, or more full-body moves like planks, side-planks and twists. But when I want to get the most-challenging abs workout (you know, the one you’ll still feel days later) I turn to Pilates. Why? For starters, Pilates is literally one of the most core-focused workouts out there (if you’ve ever been to a Pilates reformer class, you know what I mean). In fact, it’s one of seven Pilates benefits you don’t want to sleep on.

But when time, location, (or my wallet) prevents me from hitting up a Pilates class IRL, I prefer to get in a workout from home. The only problem? I don’t have many Pilates moves memorized (and I like to switch things up and keep it interesting) so only doing the same three moves I can remember seems pretty boring.

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So naturally, I turned to the internet for inspo (more specifically, YouTube). When you search “Pilates Abs Workouts” on platform, you’ll find literally thousands of videos. And if you’re anything like me, more options isn’t necessarily a good thing. (Decision fatigue is real.) And if that isn’t overwhelming enough, once you find a video that looks okay, how do you know if the workout is any good? And that’s where the beauty of YouTube ratings and likes come in. All of the videos below are vetted for having at least 1K likes and most have over 50K views. Plus, all of them can be done anywhere, with no or little equipment (like a yoga mat.)

Keep reading for the top Pilates YouTube workouts you can do at home, whether you’re a beginner or advanced student.

Pilates YouTube Workouts Under 15 minutes

3-minute Lower Belly Pilates Workout | Blogilates

Cassey Ho, founder of the Blogilates YouTube channel, is a go-to for quick, fun, and effective mat workouts like this one that focuses on those hard-to-engage core muscles below your belly button.

Time: 3 minutes

Rating: 10K likes

Views: 296,436

5 Minute Flat Abs | Blogilates

This 5-minute video is short and sweet. Plus, it happens to be the most viewed of all the Pilates abs workouts available on the super-popular channel, Blogilates.

Time: 5 minutes

Rating: 66K likes

Views: 6,685,580

8 min Abs And Obliques Workout | Blogilates

Trust: You’ll feel the burn of this workout, targeting your abs and waist, well after it’s over.

Time: 8 minutes

Rating: 23K likes

Views: 2,194,968

Insane Abs & Obliques Workout | Blogilates

Cassey Ho leads you through a series of challenging core moves in this series. Each one is challenging and intense, but requires no special equipment.

Time: 8 minutes

Rating: 23k likes

Views: 1,255,895

10 Minutes Pilates Abs | The Live Fit Girl

Focus on toning and sculpting your abs and waist with this 10-minute workout.

Time: 10 minutes

Rating: 2.3k likes

Views: 194,720

Flat Lower Tummy Pilates | Lottie Murphy

This short, lower-abs focused pilates workout is a perfect to add on to another workout, or when you want a quick sweat sesh to squeeze in to your day.

Time: 10 minutes

Rating: 1.1K likes

Views: 77,832 views

Best Ab Workout In 10 Minutes | Boho Beautiful

Target your six-pack abs and obliques with a beautiful beach landscape in the background.

Time: 10 minutes

Rating: 15K likes

Views: 1,208,219

Advanced Pilates Abs Workout | Rebecca Louise

Rebecca Louise’s advanced Pilates sequence is all about working the waist.

Time: 10 minutes

Rating: 3.9K likes

Views: 257,616

Pilates Workout | Boho Beautiful

You won’t waste any time with this 10-minute Pilates workout since it targets the abs and glutes simultaneously.

Time: 10 minutes

Rating: 7.8K likes

Views: 651,342

Flat Tummy Toner Pilates Workout | Love Sweat Fitness

Love Sweat Fitness’ take on Pilates will work your entire core in under 10 minutes. Trying to take things slow? You’ll get plenty of modifications if you need them in this video.

Time: 10 minutes

Rating: 1.6K likes

Views: 40,973 views

10-Min Tight Tummy Pilates Circuit Workout for Mobile | BeFiT GO

Try a classic mat Pilates core workout in this 10 minute circuit.

Time: 10 minutes

Rating: 1K likes

Views: 55,198 views

Perfect 10 Abs | Blogilates

Cassey Ho says she designed this 10-move ab sequence specifically for adding on to another workout (like cardio or HIIT). So bookmark this one to do after your next run or aerobic sesh to balance your workout and target your abs.

Time: 10 minutes

Rating: 35K likes

Views: 3,137,520

Hard Core Workout | Blogilates

This video is sure to fire up every part of your core.

Time: 11 minutes

Rating: 4.7K likes

Views: 513,665 views

POP HIIT | Blogilates

Get your HIIT cardio session in while also toning and working those abs in this video with well over three million views.

Time: 13 minutes

Rating: 35K likes

Views: 3,116,925

Victoria Secret Model Ab Workout | Blogilates

If you look to the Victoria’s Secret angels for fitspo (and love working out to Taylor Swift and Ke$ha), then this workout is for you.

Time: 14 minutes

Rating: 46K likes

Views: 5,300,613

Pilates YouTube Workouts: 15–30 Minutes

The Ultimate Pilates 21 Day Challenge | Boho Beautiful

Boho Beautiful’s 15 minute Pilates sequence targets the core and glute muscles for a quick (yet) effective sweat session.

Time: 15 minutes

Rating: 39K likes

Views: 4,471,462

15 Minute Mat Pilates Abs Workout for a Flat Tummy | Bailey Brown

Short on time but want to get an effective core workout in? All you need is a mat and a little bit of time for this Pilates abs series with Bailey Brown.

Time: 15 minutes

Rating: 1.8K likes

Views: 96,620 views

Best Pilates Workout | Boho Beautiful

You’re only 15 minutes away from a stronger core with this Pilates workout video from Boho Beautiful. P.S. it’s shot on a beautiful snowy mountain landscape.

Time: 15 minutes

Rating: 9K likes

Views: 706,221

Abs On Fire | Blogilates

Cassey Ho promises to help fire up your core in this this challenging mat workout.

Time: 15 minutes

Rating: 22K likes

Views: 2,692,050

Pilates Workout For The Abs | XHIT Daily

This Pilates workout leaves no core muscle untouched.

Time: 17 minutes

Rating: 1.5K likes

Views: 213,913

Flat Abs Workout | Blogilates

Learn the basics of Pilates and work every part of your core in this beginner’s Pilates workout video.

Time: 18 minutes

Rating: 17k likes

Views: 1,080,348

20 Minute Abdominal Isolate Workout | Blogilates

This no-equipment workout is a great option for travel or at home when you want to get in a no fuss, abs-challenging sequence.

Time: 20 minutes

Rating: 14K likes

Views: 580,846 views

Toned Arms + Flat Abs | Blogilates

This workout targets the arms and abs at the same time–all in under 20 minutes. The best part is, it’s designed specifically to do in an apartment (i.e. no jumping or angry neighbors required.)

Time: 20 minutes

Rating: 22K likes

Views: 1,202,303 views

20 minutes to flat abs, toned arms and lean thighs | Pilates with Kristin McGee

In true Pilates fashion, you’ll especially focus on the core and using breathwork to engage your abs muscles even deeper.

Time: 20 minutes

Rating: 1.8K likes

Views: 161,365

Total Body Pilates | Flexib

If you’re new to Pilates, try this 20 minute beginners workout. Work the entire body (especially the abs) and learn the basics in this video.

Time: 20 minutes

Rating: 35K likes

Views: 3,272,018

Pilates Workout Challenge | Boho Beautiful

Join Boho Beautiful for a Pilates abs challenge set in the beautiful Joshua Tree.

Time: 21 minutes

Rating: 4.7K likes

Views: 359,571

Pilates Yoga Fusion | Yogalates

While technically a Pilates and yoga fusion combo, this workout contains plenty of Pilates-inspired abs moves. The sequence focuses on the core and legs specifically.

Time: 22 minutes

Rating: 8.3K likes

Views: 914,750 views

Pilates YouTube Workouts: 30 Minutes-plus

30 Minute Mat Pilates Core Workout | BodyFit by Amy

Target the abs and get a full-body workout in with this 30-minute video led by BodyFit by Amy.

Time: 30 minutes

Rating: 7.5K likes

Views: 996,223 views

45 Minute Pilates Workout – Pilates Glute Workout | GymRa

Tackle this one on days you want a full-body workout that pays extra attention to the abs and core.

Time: 45 minutes

Rating: 10K likes

Views: 2,304,797

Pilates Workout – Best Pilates Workout for Abs and Core | GymRa

This 55-minute pilates video will work your entire body with a focus on the abs and core. To do this video you’ll need a Magic Circle or any Pilates ring.

Time: 55 minutes

Rating: 5.2K

Views: 1,068,862

This 30-Minute Pilates Abs Workout Is a Solid Way to Start the Day

You know those days when you reallllly want to wake up and work out, but being vertical (or, ugh, going outside) just feels like too much? Great news: You can get a legit abs workout while staying horizontal-and without leaving the comfort of your bedroom. (Or do this workout without even leaving your bed.)

Throw down a mat and cue up this 30-minute core workout from Elaine Hayes, a Pilates, barre, and yoga instructor and founder of Mint Studios. It’ll fire up your core for the day ahead as well as work on your flexibility and balance. Follow right along with Hayes in the video below, and prepare for your core to be burning in no time.

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