If you’re finally ready to trade in your fl-abs for some abs, these ab exercises are the perfect place to start! All of them can be done from home as well, no need for any expensive gym memberships or equipment so there are no excuses! So prepare yourself to get a six-pack that isn’t the beer for once!
This one will burn if you do it right, and if you add some extra weight with anything you can balance on your shins. All you have to do is lay on your back and simultaneously bring your arms towards your feet while bending your legs and bringing your knees towards your chest. If they seem a bit too easy, put some extra weight on your shins or feet (you can use textbooks if you’re a student) and bring them up to your hands.
Hold them on the way down, then put them back on your legs. Repeat. Make sure you’re doing this exercise slowly, the last thing you would want is to give yourself a blackeye with that stack of books you just tried to balance on your legs. Talk about unmotivating…
This one is for the obliques, the side abs. All you have to do is lay down and put your feet close to your butt so that your knees are up. From there put your hands flat on the ground, lean up slightly so you’re are in a crunch position and go back and forth touching your right and left ankles.
Stay in a crunch position for maximized results and make sure to go slowly and really activate your core whilst doing this, and all of the other ab exercises. Think of how a penguin would waddle, that’s the easiest way to explain the correct form for this exercise.
3. Mountain Climbers
This one is great for the abs if you do it slowly, and can also double as a great cardio exercise if you pick up the pace with it! Simply get into a plank position with your hands on the ground. From there bring your right knee up to your left elbow, then bring it back. Then bring your left knee to your right elbow and bring it back.
THAT’S IT! Activate the core and go really slow for maximum effect of your abs, or do this quickly to get some cardio into the mix as well. Whatever you choose, it’s going to help a lot.
4. Plank Extensions
These ab exercises are going to require some balance and some serious flexing of your core to keep you up. Start off in a plank position on your hands. From there, at the same time, reach your left hand out as far as you can and slowly kick out your right leg. Once fully extended hold the pose for a few seconds and bring back in. Repeat with the opposite arm and legs and there you have it.
If this is too easy, try doing the arm and the leg of the same side… now that’s extreme balance.
5. Leg Lifts
Last but not least, the leg lifts for those pesky lower abs that never seem to show. All you have to do is lay on your back flat and, keeping them straight, lift your legs as high as you can and slowly bring them back down without letting them touch the ground. Repeat, repeat, repeat.
If you get bored of going just up and down, mix it up and go left and right in some arch patterns, or in circles! This one will burn quickly, but do wonders.