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If your goal is to get great abs and you’re looking for the best at-home workout for abs – you’re in the right place. From the general health point of view, a strong core is very important, but we also want to look great, flatten our belly, get those 6 packs, and tighten our waist.
Right exercises are very important, but let’s not forget the importance of healthy nutrition and avoidance of late-night high calories meals, snacks, and drinks.
Train Your Abs From Every Angle
There is no one perfect exercise for abs. Why? Because there are four main muscle groups in your midsection: your transverse abdominis (TVA in short – those are deep stabilizers that wrap around your stomach), rectus abdominis (your six-pack, the outer layer of your abs), the internal and the external obliques (you use them every time you rotate your torso side to side).
In order to achieve great results, to sculpt your stomach and to get strong all over, it’s necessary to train all those groups of muscles. Try two sets of each movement, resting for 30 seconds between each set.
Let’s Get Into It
- Forearm Plank: This exercise is great for strengthening your core and transverse abs
- Directions: Lying face down on the ground, lift yourself up into a forearm plank position. Make sure your elbows are aligned underneath your shoulders and that your body makes a straight line from head to heels. Balance on balls of your feet. Ball up your hands in fists. Engage abs. Squeeze your entire body—quads, glutes, core, back, and fists. Hold that position for 30 seconds per set.
- Side Plank and Reach Through – This exercise is perfect for obliques and transverse abs
- Directions: Start in a left side plank with left forearm on the floor, parallel to the top of a mat. Your elbow should be underneath the shoulder. Extant straight your right arm in the air at shoulder level. Engage core and slowly rotate chest down toward the floor while bringing right arm under and across body chest. Follow your right hand’s moves with your head (gaze follows fingers). Raise back to start. Do 15 reps on each side.
- Dead bug – besides training your abs, this exercise is great for training left-right coordination between the upper and lower extremities. It develops the entire front side of the core, whereas Crunches only work the upper abs.
- Directions: Lie on your back with arms straight above your shoulders. To start, bring your legs directly over your hips and bend at the knees so that your calves form a 90-degree angle with your thighs. Make sure that your lower back is flat on the ground. Next, simultaneously lower your left arm above your head while straightening your right leg and sending it towards the floor. Pause, return to the starting position and then repeat on the opposite side. Do 14 alternating reps to complete one set.
- Bird Dog Crunch – this exercise targets the core and glutes while activating abs
- Directions: Start on your hands and knees in tabletop position, with your wrists aligned under your shoulders, and your knees stacked under your hips. Extend your right arm forward and left leg back, maintaining a flat back and keeping your hips square to the floor. Squeeze your abs and draw your right elbow and left knee in, to meet near the centre of your body. Then reverse the movement and extend your arm and leg back out. Repeat this movement – 15 reps, then repeat with the left arm and right leg – also 15 reps.
- Bicycle crunches – strong core, perfect abs. This exercise uses all the abdominal muscles, including the rectus abdominis – the front ab muscles that make up the six-pack.
- Directions: 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.
- Crunches on exercise ball – these crunches will engage the core even more than regular crunches. This exercise is especially effective because it also requires balance, which, besides larger ab muscles, engages smaller ab muscles.
- Directions: Lie on a ball with your hands behind your head and carry out a typical crunch exercise of leaning back and using your core muscles to then bring you forward.
- Toe reach – this exercise is great for six-pack abs and transverse abs
- Directions: Start lying on your back with legs extended straight toward the ceiling at hip level, upper body resting on the mat, and arms clasped in front of chest. Using lower abs, curl torso up off the floor and reach hands toward toes. Lower back to the starting position and repeat. Do 15 reps.
- Side plank dips – perfect for obliques and transverse abs
- Directions: Start in a left side plank with left forearm on the floor, parallel to the top of a mat, elbow under shoulder, right hand placed on hips. Lower hips toward the ground, then come back up and repeat. Do 15 reps
- Lying windshield wipers – trains six-pack abs, obliques, transverse abs
- Directions: Start sitting on tailbone with upper body propped up on forearms and legs lifted in the air and rotated toward the top right corner of the mat. Slowly, and without moving upper body, make a half-circle with legs, arching up and over until they come to hover at the top left corner of the mat. Return to start. That’s one rep. Do 15 reps.
Sculpting your abs doesn’t happen overnight. Don’t be discouraged. Workout regularly. Yes, it requires diligence and discipline. Sorry, but there is no magic trick for that.
Besides exercises, there is one more, very important thing to consider – healthy nutrition. Visible abs are actually made in the kitchen — a diet leading to a low body fat percentage.
Different Exercise Variants
Obviously all the exercises mentioned above, did not require any equipment, not in there basic form. If you want to make them harder, adjust them by adding weights to your liking.
Being fit, feeling good
Not only that by regular workouts, and healthy nutrition, you’ll be healthy and looking great, but it’ll help you be more self-confident and less tense. So don’t hesitate, start taking care of yourself NOW.