I marvel at the dedication of my clients in Stamford, CT. Even when the weather is bad or they’ve had a long day at work, they come to the gym to workout. However, sometimes life deals a bad hand that makes coming in impossible. That’s why I created an at home workouts for abs. It can keep you on track and doesn’t require any equipment, making it the perfect travel workout, too.
If your body fat is low, this workout will give you a six-pack.
There are multiple levels of muscles, so working all of them is important. If you want that six pack to show, you’ll workout the rectus abdominis, that outer muscle we think of as the abs. For that V waist, you’ll need to exercise the oblique muscles that run along your sides. There are both internal and external obliques with the external ones closer to the outside of the body. The transverse abdominis is deep and wraps around your body under the ribs and above the hips. Exercising core muscles includes exercising the abs.
Work all the muscles in the core with this plank based workout.
Start with the plank, which looks simple, but is tough to hold for long if you’re not fit. Move to the forearm plank, which takes the weight off the palms of the hand and puts it on the forearms. It’s time to move back to plank position with your arms straight and palms on the floor, but this time you’re going to walk like a crab, sideways. Left foot and left hand to the left, joined by the right foot and right hand. Plank with side turn is next, lifting one hand to the sky as you turn. Plank to downward dog, then forward plank rock and move to a side plank are the next three sets. Complete the routine with a mountain climber.
You’ll burn calories and get a cardio workout, too, with this at home ab workout.
If you want a tough workout that will do more than give you a six-pack, but improve your endurance, too, this one was meant for you. Do it as a circuit training workout, that’s where you get the calorie torching. You’ll do two to three, depending on your level of fitness and rest a minute or two between sets, also depending on your fitness level. Start with skater lunges. For each exercise, start with 10 if you’re out of shape and 20 if you’re fit, except for the side plank which you’ll hold for 30 seconds to a minute. Move on to mountain climbers, then burpees, a side plank and finish with knee to shoulder knee ins followed by knee-to-opposite-shoulder knee-ins.
- Do a dead bug exercise at home. Lay on your back with legs extended and arms straight up. Bring your right leg up with knee bent at a 90 degree angle to the thigh. At the same time lower your left arm and point it above your head. Switch sides.
- While there are plenty of no equipment exercises for abs, one inexpensive piece of equipment you might want to add for strong abs is a stability ball. It’s made to help build core muscles and just sitting on one can be a workout.
- You can build your abs all you want, but if those muscles are hidden under a layer of fat, nobody will ever see that six-pack. That’s why eating healthy is also a necessary.
- Besides getting a flatter stomach and a great look, strengthening your ab muscles can also help prevent back problems and even help improve chronic backaches.