Listen. Bathing suit season is right around the corner and who doesn’t wanna have the bod to flaunt when it happens. The dreaded bathing suit shopping is NO MORE! You’re gonna go, and you’re gonna like it. Or at least that’s the goal, right?
To help you get those envious flat abs, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite top 10 Ab exercises that are guaranteed to make your abs cry. Now let’s get to it.
Planks. Of any kind. These are always going to be my top exercise for abs because they target your entire core. If you’re not sure what the difference is between abs and core, your core makes up your entire midsection and back. It’s like a corset.
Your abs, on the other hand, are normally what people think of when you refer to six-pack abs.
If you think planks are too easy, put a weight on your back, or do them on an unstable surface (i.e. Bosu ball or with your feet in a TRX). I can guarantee you won’t be singing the “too easy” tune after that.
I know this isn’t the traditional type of core exercise you’re looking for, but you actually engage your core more when you’re doing squats (or other variations of heavy lifting) than core exercises alone. Brace that core the entire time and believe me, you’ll be feeling the burn afterwards
3. TRX Mountain Climbers
To be honest, anything TRX + core are probably among my all-time favorites. TRX makes you in an unstable environment which activates your core like nobody’s business.
For mountain climbers, put your feet in the stirrups, walk out until you’re in a plank position, and run those mountain climbers by bringing one knee in at a time
3. Weighted Jackknives/Suitcase Crunch
These are another exercise that targets more than one part of your core, thus incinerating the entire thing, causing those streams of tears.
The whole point of this exercise is to lift your hips and your shoulder blades at the same time and crunch in the middle. Here’s a breakdown: lay on your back, with your legs in table top and a dumbbell stretched behind your head. At the same time, raise your hips and bring the dumbbell to your knees (or over them if you can)
4. Bicycle Crunches
I love bicycle crunches because again, they target multiple parts of the core. They can also be done anywhere so this one literally has no excuse not to do.
Bring your elbow to your knee, exhaling as you touch each. The slower you go, the more you feel it
5. Stability Ball Roll-Out
These are great because once again, you’re putting yourself in an unstable environment. The further you put your hands down on the ball and the further you roll out, the more you’re going to feel it in your core.
Pro Tip: Start on your knees and roll out, then advance to on your toes and rolling out, this exercise can be brutal if you’re not stable so be careful!
6. Slider Knee Tuck
The slider knee tuck can be used anything that will allow your feet to move smoothly. I’ve done these with dish towels and it worked perfectly fine.
Here, go into your plank position and bring both knees in at the same time, then return to plank position. Make sure you’re not dipping that low back when you go back to plank positon!
7. Diagonal Get-Ups
Diagonal get-ups, what are those??? They’re gold, is what they are. Here’s the low down on these ones:
Lay on the ground with both legs straight out, one arm out to the side (like part of a T), and the other arm straight up holding a weight (you’re going to end like an L). You are going to bring the arm with the weight diagonal to the leg diagonal from it. Lifting both and crunching it. Switch sides.
8. Leg Raises
Oldies but goodies. These target your lower abs which are SO.HARD.TO.TARGET! To make it harder, keep your arms out to the side instead of under your back
9. Hollow Hold
Okay so I had to throw some yoga in there because so of their stuff is hard! You’re gonna lay on the floor, and lift your legs AND upper body up as high as you can. And then you’re gonna hold it. Until someone says stop. I hope that person isn’t a personal trainer like me cause you’d be there for a while! You’re welcome #fistbump
10. Thread the Needle
This is another one that could have yoga roots and it definitely requires balance and coordination. It’s pretty much a side plank where you take the free arm and wrap it under your side. Too confusing? YouTube, babes.
There you have it! With a lot of these exercises targeting more than one part of your core, you are guaranteed to feel it (and probably cuss me out a little)! No pain, no gain! Get out there and train! Time to get those coveted abs before bikini season rolls in! Which ones have you tried/are going to try? Hit me in the comments!
Until Next Time Babes!