As spring break season approaches, so does ab season. It seems the popular process is to hit the gym hard and try to maintain a crash diet of carrots and self-hate.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can get great abs with a consistent home workout and keeping an eye on what you eat.
Below are some of the best exercises you can do at home in the morning before work for some killer abs. You will do them in a circuit doing one exercise after another with little to no rest. If you find completing one round is too easy, do as many circuits as you can.
1. Alternate Heel Touches
Let’s start things off with an easy one. This one hits your obliques, and doesn’t need much movement or physical strength. Start by lying on your back, lift your body of the floor and try reaching your heels with your fingers.
Do 20 reps per side.
2. Leg Raises
Now that you’ve gotten warmed up, let’s kick things up a notch. Leg raises are great for your lower abdomen and doing them requires a bit more strength.
Lie on your back with your arms either under your butt or by your side; try both and see what feels best for you.
Next, raise your legs up to a 90 degree angle, and lower them in a controlled motion. If you want an extra challenge, do not let your legs touch the ground before doing another rep. This will keep your muscles under tension and will result in better results. If you are unable to keep your legs from touching don’t worry, you can work your way up to that.
Do 20 reps of this exercise.
3. Bicycle Crunch
So far we’ve hit the obliques and the lower abs, now it’s time we hit your upper abs. This one is a bit more complicated but nothing you can’t handle. Bicycle crunches hit your abs, obliques, and increase functional strength.
Lay on the floor (or an exercise mat) and put your hand behind your head with your fingers interlocked. Bring a knee towards your chest and bring your opposite elbow towards your knee. Repeat this process with the other side.
Quick tip: don’t be lazy, simply touching your elbow to your knee will not be as effective.
Aim for as many reps as possible.
4. Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers are an effective exercise that will build a killer six-pack.
Lying on a fitness mat or floor, stretch your arms out to your side and hold your legs as if you’re about to do leg raises. Shift your legs and lower body to one side, while maintaining the upper body glued to the floor.
Swing your legs side to side, only bending them if the exercise is too difficult.
Do 10 reps, or five per side.