The 10 Best Ab Workouts You Can Do At Home

There is no sense paying for a gym membership when you can work out in the comfort of your own home for free!

All you need is a small amount of open space, an exercise mat, and the will to get in shape. Commit to a daily 15-minute ab workout and you will notice a meaningful difference in the look and feel of your midsection in surprisingly little time.

Let’s take a look at the best ab workouts at home:

Side Crunches

Lay flat on the floor, move your legs together and bend at the knees.  Turn your waist to one side so your legs move toward the floor. Place your hands behind your head and flex your ab muscles to move your shoulders off the exercise mat.

Russian Twists

The Russian Twist requires you to sit down while lifting your feet off the exercise mat. Maintain bent knees throughout the exercise. Straighten out your spine to form a 45-degree angle with the exercise mat, forming a V shape with your midsection and thighs. Extend your arms out ahead of you, interconnect your fingers and bring your hands together to complete the repetition. Complete three sets of 10-15 repetitions and your core will gradually strengthen.

Windshield Wipers

Lie down flat on your back. Extend your arms to create a 90-degree angle with your shoulders.  Push your palms down into the floor or exercise mat to stabilize your back. Straighten out your knees then move your feet/legs down to one side in a single controlled motion.

Plank Walkouts

This ab workout at home involves the slow walking of the hands out ahead of the body. However, it is a mistake to let the hips sag down low. Furthermore, you should be conscious of your lower back’s positioning. Do your best to maintain consistent lower back posture throughout the duration of the plank walkout. Walk forward with your hands/arms while maintaining your form and walk your feet behind your hands until you return to the starting position.

Straight Leg Sit-Ups

This exercise begins in the position of a traditional sit-up. Flex your abs while straightening out your legs.  Roll upwards toward your legs while remaining in a seated position. It is best to fold your arms over your pectoral muscles or extend your arms outward during the straight leg sit-up.

Dish Rocks

Lie down flat and extend your arms and legs. Crunch the legs and arms upward, locking them in place. The next step is to rock your bodyweight forward and backward across the hips all the way to the shoulders.

The Frozen V-Sit

This is one of the more fairly challenging ab workouts at home yet it will help strengthen your midsection in due time. If you are not in tip-top shape, approach this exercise with caution as it is quite demanding. This exercise is referred to as the V-sit as the body forms the shape of a V.  Furthermore, the body remains in position, hence the “frozen” part of the exercise’s moniker. 

Hold the frozen v-sit for an extended period of time and you will be well on your way to developing those elusive 6-pack abs. Here’s how to do it: lay down on the floor, extend your arms above your head and straighten out your knees/legs. Raise your lower and upper body upward to form the V shape. Remain in this position until you can no longer maintain the V form. Be sure to maintain a straight back and knees throughout the entirety of the frozen V-sit.

Plank to Pike

Begin in a plank position with the hands and feet aligned. Rise to the pike position, maintaining straight legs during the movement. Jump backward to the initial position, maintaining a flat back when landing. This is a single plank to pike rep. Complete 10-20 reps of this ab workout at home on a daily basis and your abs will strengthen in due time.

Pulse Ups

Lie flat on your back. Flex your abdominal muscles and glutes while lifting your legs straight up.  Hold your legs upward before resuming the beginning position. Be sure to engage your ab muscles throughout the duration of the pulse up. Slowly lower your hips downward. Be mindful of your breathing during the pulse up as well as other ab workouts at home. Do your best to inhale as you lower your hips to the exercise mat. Exhale while lifting your legs upward. 

Traditional Crunches

Position your hands to the side or behind your head. Bend at the knees, putting your feet flat on the exercise mat. Exhale as you curl your body upward and forward off the exercise mat. Hold this upright position for a second or two before slowly moving back toward the starting position.

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