7 Killer Ab Workouts You Can Do At Home

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Most of us can admit that tummy fat can be the hardest to lose. While maintaining a slim waistline and abs can be achieved through clean eating, it’s also important that proper ab exercises are incorporated into your daily routine.

Thanks to at-home ab workouts, you’ll be your on your way towards rock hard abs while saving money!

Here are 7 challenging ab workouts to do at home for a slim and toned middle:

1. Superman

This move is an incredible way to warm up your abs while seriously working on your balance and posture. Start by getting on all fours, making sure that your knees are aligned with your shoulders. Raise your left arm to shoulder height and your right leg to hip height and flex your foot. Hold for 2 counts and repeat on the opposite side. Repeat for 10-15 reps while alternating sides.

 

2. Plank 


Planking is a great way to tone up your entire body, of course with focus on the abs. Get into a push-up position with your palms beneath your shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds, making sure that your abs are contracted and that your head is aligned with the spine. As your build your strength, hold the plank longer. For an added challenge, switch to elbow planks by placing your elbow directly underneath your shoulders and lifting your body off the ground.

 

3. Seated Russian Twists

This workout targets your obliques as well as your middle to get rid of the muffin top! All you need is a 5-10 pound weight. Sit on the ground with your knees bent and lift your heels to a foot from your butt. Lean back slightly without rounding your spine and hold the weight just below your chest. Twist to the left, inhale through the center and rotate to the right. This completes one rep. Do 15-20 full rotations.

 

4. Criss Cross

The Criss Cross works out your entire core. Just make sure to keep your core tight throughout the whole exercise. Lie on your back and bring your legs up to a tabletop position. Squeeze your inner thighs together and on the exhale, rotate your rib cage to the left. Bend your left knee and bring it towards your right arm and switch to the opposite side. Aim for 15-20 full rotations.

5. Lower leg lifts

This move targets the lower abs a.k.a. the place where fat congregates and stubbornly refuses to go away. All you have to do is lie down, press your back to the mat and put your hands underneath your tailbone. Sucking your abs in and while inhaling, lower your legs down and exhale as you lift them up. Repeat 10-15 times.

 

6. Reverse crunches

Another move that targets the lower abs, lie down on your mat, bring your legs to a table top position and cross the ankles. Exhale and lift your butt and tailbone off the mat. The move can get tricky but with practice, you’ll ace it. Complete 12-15 reps.

 

7. Cobra 

Finish your killer ab workout by holding the cobra pose to give your abs a nice stretch. Lie face down on the floor and stretch your legs back. Spread your hands on the floor directly under your shoulders or beside your chest. While inhaling, straighten your arms and lift your chest off the floor. Hold the pose for 15-30 seconds. Exhale and release the stretch by going back to the starting position.

 

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photo via Camille Phil

 

Most of us can admit that tummy fat can be the hardest to lose. While maintaining a slim waistline and abs can be achieved through clean eating, it’s also important that proper ab exercises are incorporated into your daily routine.

Thanks to at-home ab workouts, you’ll be your on your way towards rock hard abs while saving money!

Here are some 7 challenging ab workouts to do at home for a slim and toned middle:

1. Superman

This move is an incredible way to warm up your abs while seriously working on your balance and posture. Start by getting on all fours, making sure that your knees are aligned with your shoulders. Raise your left arm to shoulder height and your right leg to hip height and flex your foot. Hold for 2 counts and repeat on the opposite side. Repeat for 10-15 reps while alternating sides.

 

2. Plank 


Planking is a great way to tone up your entire body, of course with focus on the abs. Get into a push-up position with your palms beneath your shoulders. Hold for 30 seconds, making sure that your abs are contracted and that your head is aligned with the spine. As your build your strength, hold the plank longer. For an added challenge, switch to elbow planks by placing your elbow directly underneath your shoulders and lifting your body off the ground.

 

3. Seated Russian Twists

This workout targets your obliques as well as your middle to get rid of the muffin top! All you need is a 5-10 pound weight. Sit on the ground with your knees bent and lift your heels to a foot from your butt. Lean back slightly without rounding your spine and hold the weight just below your chest. Twist to the left, inhale through the center and rotate to the right. This completes one rep. Do 15-20 full rotations.

 

4. Criss Cross

The Criss Cross works out your entire core. Just make sure to keep your core tight throughout the whole exercise. Lie on your back and bring your legs up to a tabletop position. Squeeze your inner thighs together and on the exhale, rotate your rib cage to the left. Bend your left knee and bring it towards your right arm and switch to the opposite side. Aim for 15-20 full rotations.

5. Lower leg lifts

This move targets the lower abs a.k.a. the place where fat congregates and stubbornly refuses to go away. All you have to do is lie down, press your back to the mat and put your hands underneath your tailbone. Sucking your abs in and while inhaling, lower your legs down and exhale as you lift them up. Repeat 10-15 times.

 

6. Reverse crunches

Another move that targets the lower abs, lie down on your mat, bring your legs to a table top position and cross the ankles. Exhale and lift your butt and tailbone off the mat. The move can get tricky but with practice, you’ll ace it. Complete 12-15 reps.

 

7. Cobra 

Finish your killer ab workout by holding the cobra pose to give your abs a nice stretch. Lie face down on the floor and stretch your legs back. Spread your hands on the floor directly under your shoulders or beside your chest. While inhaling, straighten your arms and lift your chest off the floor. Hold the pose for 15-30 seconds. Exhale and release the stretch by going back to the starting position.

 

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  • leah rachel

    I’ve been really getting into working out so this is the perfect post for me! The plank always kills me off haha!

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  • Nicole

    Thank you for this!
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  • Sharon Green

    This ab workout looks easy enough for I had lower spine surgery 2 years ago and I am unable to do workouts like I’m accustom to doing. Thanks much!! I 😎

    • Just remember to check with your doctor before starting any workout! :)

  • Lower leg lifts are my favorite! =o)

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  • Al

    Really need to force myself to spare 10-15 min a day and do this circuit… I’ve done similar exercises before and it’s incredible how big the results are with such little time/money effort.
    I know I just need to find the motivation to start again and then it will become a habit… Doing abs was actually one of my New Year’s resolutions and it still has to happen :p
    Thanks for this workout.

    xx Al
    http://aldraws.com/

  • Taste of France

    Out of all of these, the plank is the safest to do. The others require already-strong abs, or a coach to ensure that you don’t hurt your back.
    For example, with the Superman, you should have your pelvis pushed hard into the floor and your stomach should be so tight that it doesn’t touch when you’re lying down. Otherwise, you’ll hurt your back.

  • my favorite ab exercise are V-ups (jackknives)! they kill me every time, but work upper and lower abs great!
    -Sisi
    http://www.modernbeautygirl.com

  • Thefullcolorlife

    such a great way to wake up.

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  • Jocelyne Shults

    OH nice. Glad I do these already. Awesome tips too. Thank you. -Jocelyne from resonatecreations.com