Ab Exercises With Gliding Discs

Substitute a foot for food on a paper plate for a new fitness tool.

Substitute a foot for food on a paper plate for a new fitness tool.

If you’re bored doing monotonous crunches to tone up your abs, mix it up by trying gliding, or fitness, discs. "Gliding" can refer either to a brand of fitness disc or be applied more generally to describe these devices that enable the user to glide across the floor -- envision ice skating through your living room. The discs are about the size of a paper plate; you can actually use paper plates as fitness discs to save money, though fitness discs are not typically expensive. For best results, exercise with gliding discs at least three times per week.

Sliding Plank

Place your hands flat on the floor under your shoulders. Put your toes on top of the fitness discs and get into a plank position.

Slide your feet toward you until your legs form a 90-degree angle with your upper body.

Glide back into a plank position.

Repeat 10 times.

Oblique Plank

Assume the plank position with both of your feet on a separate fitness disc.

Slide your left foot upward along the floor, bending your knee. Continue to slide your left foot to the right, straightening your leg.

Slide your left foot back to the left and then downward, returning to a plank position.

Repeat with your right leg. Perform the entire move 15 times.

Items you will need

  • 2 towels, paper plates or fitness discs


  • Do these exercises on a floor that is not carpeted.
  • Talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.

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Though constantly traveling the world, Julia Williams is based in Chicago and has been writing since 2006. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting. She is also a licensed fitness instructor, specializing in Pilates since 2003 and has written hundreds of articles on exercise and health.

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