Yes, you can work your abs at home without the need of a trainer or fancy equipment. In fact, I love squeezing in abs workouts throughout the day when I’m stuck in the house all day. It’s a great way to get a boost of energy while really focusing on my core. I find that doing “smaller” abs exercises frequently is great for getting faster results than I might get if I only focused on abs for a few minutes during a full workout. How you approach it is really up to you!
You may not realize just how many combinations of abs workouts you can use to get strength and definition in your abs. Having a few different abs workouts in your toolkit is really the best method for making sure you don’t get bored. You’ll also get better results because you’ll be sculpting your entire core instead of just focusing on one area time after time. What’s the best abs workout for women? I’m going to be sharing my absolute favourite abs exercises right here!
The Plank Crunch
This is a full-body exercise that will challenge, and in time, strengthen your entire core, especially obliques, arms and shoulders.
- Begin in a high plank position. Your hands should be positioned directly below your shoulders. Do your best to make sure your body is in a very straight line.
- Next, bend one leg. Bring your knee toward your shoulder on the side that you’re bending. You should be actively “crunching” your obliques as you do this.
- The upper portion of your body should remain still as you perform the movement.
- Hold that position for 2-3 seconds.
- Return your leg to the starting position to do another rep!
This exercise is as simple as it looks. However, it is very demanding. Keep your focus. Whenever you return to the starting position, check your body position – remember, in plank your body should be in the straight line.
Perform 2 sets of 10 reps each leg. Make a small pause between sets.
The Side Crunch
This exercise is focused on obliques.
- Legs are slightly bent at the knees and turned aside, for example, your right side. Place your left hand behind your head (fingertips touching the area right behind your ear). Your elbow should be pointed forward.
- Place your right hand so that your palm is on abs and close to the crunched side. (By doing so, you can feel and control correct reduction of oblique core muscles.)
- This is your starting position.
- Now exhale while lifting your upper body aside, crunching your left obliques, try to reach with your left elbow as close to your left hip.
It’s recommended that you do two sets consisting of six to eight reps on each side.
This exercise uses all the abdominal muscles, including the rectus abdominis – the front ab musclesthat make up the six-pack. Here’s how to do it:
- Lie on your back, bend your knees and pull them towards your chest.
- Place your hands behind your head. Fingertips should be placed behind your ears.
- To engage your core, contract your shoulder blades as you lift each side off the floor while straightening one leg and rotating your body.
- With each rotation, your elbow should reach towards your opposite leg’s knee.
Perform two sets of 10 alternating reps.
Seated Leg Lift
This exercise is great for beginners who are struggling with “getting it right” with more complicated ab workouts. Here’s how you do it:
- Sit on the floor. Your legs should be extended straight in front of you.
- You’re going to need to lean back slightly while keeping your core engaged and firm.
- Next, place your hands down on the ground on either side of your glutes.
- Take a deep breath before lifting one leg roughly 15 cm (six inches) from the ground.
- Hold like that for five full seconds!
- You can then put your leg down.
- Repeat with your other leg.
Do about a minute’s worth of these while alternating legs before taking a 20-second break. You can repeat this for up to five rounds to create a nice circuit. This exercise certainly looks simple. It is actually very simple to learn. However, it’s a bit deceptive because you almost certainly will struggle with some serious burn if you don’t typically do workouts that work your muscles in this way!
It’s Ab Day!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my take on the best abs workout for women! These ab workouts are so simple that you really have no excuse for not making today ab day! Again, you can simply stop whatever you’re doing to pepper these workouts in throughout your day without any need to get into workout clothes or bring out workout equipment. Just make sure you’re checking with your doctor before you start any new ab exercises to make sure that your health and fitness are in check for starting something new. I also stress the importance of really studying each workout carefully to ensure you can execute every step without any injury or strain.