Getting visible abs is more than just doing a bunch of crunches. Your stomach muscles need to be hit from all angles to give results; just like every other muscle group in your body.
When looking for an ab workout routine, you need to be realistic with what you can do, how much time do you have, and if you can go to the gym or not.
Below is a 10 exercise workout routine that will give you hell and will even make sneezing a challenging task. But if you regularly complete this workout and mix in a proper diet, you will start seeing abs in no time.
Whether you are male or female, this routine will work for you. It’s designed to make you regret breathing, coughing, sneezing, or laughing the day after you are done. This workout routine will demolish you no matter who you are.
Best Ab Home Workout Routine
Before we introduce the exercises, let’s establish some ground rules.
- Rule #1 – Unless a set number of reps or time is specified, do the exercises until failure.
- Rule #2 – Unless a set resting period is specified, do the exercises one after the other.
- Rule #3 – Do at least two rounds of the workout, try adding an extra round every time you do the workout. Rest time between rounds shouldn’t be longer than 90 seconds.
- Rule #4 – It’s okay to post results on your Facebook and make your ex jealous.
Let’s get into this workout!
1. Toe Touches
Lay on the floor with your feet up in the air, stretch your arms out and try reaching for your toes. If you can’t quite touch your toes, it’s fine. Just go reaching for the toes and your abs will start blowing up quickly.
Do 20 reps.
2. Scissor Kicks
Time to feel the burn with some scissors…this sounded way less dirty when I was thinking it in my head. Ok, moving along, a quick “how to” would be appropriate.
As you can see in the gif above, this will require some range of motion. Raise your legs in the air, and alternately kick your legs. As one leg is lowered the other should be raised. Try not to let your feet touch the ground.
Having a hard time with this exercise? Bending your legs slightly will make it easier to keep your legs up in the air.
Do 15 reps.
3. Half Burpees
This one isn’t as challenging on the abs as above, but it is effective. Go into a push-up position and bring your knees towards your chest, both legs at the same time.
This is the same movement as you would use to jump up from the push-up portion of a burpee, except you bring your legs back out to the push-up position.
Repeat that process for 15 reps and rest for 10 seconds.
4. Oblique V-Ups
Time to hit those obliques, with some v-ups. Lay on your side with one arm resting the floor while the other leg is curled with your palm resting on your head and your elbow pointing to the sky. Your legs should be straight and slightly facing towards your body. Start raising your legs towards your torso and your arm towards your knees.
Do 20 reps for each side.
5. Elevated Leg Holds
Lay on the floor, hands placed behind your back either right under your butt or just underneath it on your upper hamstrings. Raise your legs up in the air and maintain that position. Try not to let your legs touch the ground, as this is a hard exercise.
Hold that position for 60-seconds.
6. Russian Twist
While in a sitting position, raise your legs a tad bit with your palms crossed over each other. Now twist your entire body towards your left side and touch the floor with your hands, then return over to the right side and do the same thing there for a total of 50 reps all together.
After you’re done, rest for about 10-15 seconds.
7. Windshield Wipers
You can do this either with your arms under your butt or with them stretched out. Put your legs up in the air straight and stiff and then start shifting them from side to side just like a windshield wiper. If you can’t do with straight legs, bent legs are fine too.
Do 10 reps.
8. Leg Raises
Lay in the same position as you were in the exercise before this. Simply raise your legs up as high as you can keeping them straight, then slowly let them back down and repeat.
Do this for 20 reps.
9. Elbow Planks
Standard elbow front plank, nothing new or fancy. Use your elbows instead of your hands as your foundation and keep your back straight. Keep your core tight and maintain this position.
Hold your plank for 60-seconds.
10. Mountain Climbers
As the name suggests, you are simulating running up a very steep hill or mountain. Start in a push-up position and alternate your legs up to your chest. Start out slow to get form down and then strive to “run in place” as fast as possible.
It doesn’t take much more than hard work and effective exercises to get some shredded abs. Take this workout and run with it.