3 Great At Home Ab Workouts

You’re in a pickle: Swimsuit season is coming fast, and flat abs are at the top of your priority list. The problem is, things like lack of time, making it into the gym, and even lack of motivation are keeping you from reaching your flat belly goals.

Never fear – in this article, I’m going to outline some great exercises for your abs that you can do at home, in addition to some quick and effective at home ab workouts.

The Exercises

Crunches are still a great ab exercise for the abdominals; however, quality is much more important than quantity with them – so let’s cover a quick drill to get you started.

First, t’s critical that you learn how to activate your core muscles properly. So were going to start off with the ab activation drill.

To perform the ab activation drill, roll up a towel and place it underneath your lower back. You’ll be lying on the ground in a sit up position with your legs bent at 90°.

Start by attempting to press your lower back into the ground and crush the towel. You should feel your abs activate when you do this.

To progress the exercise, keep the abs activated and your lower back pressed the floor, and try to lift up one of your feet a few inches off the ground.

The goal of the exercise is to learn how to activate your abs properly, not so much get a killer ab workout.

Once you’ve mastered this one and you know what it’s like to activate your core, you can move on to the crunch.

The Crunch

Now, doing high quality crunches should be a snap. All you have to do is initiate the exercise by pressing your lower back into the ground. Your shoulders should come up off the floor and you should attempt to bring your sternum and belly button together. If you’re activating your abs properly, you should feel a very strong contraction.

The Plank

To perform the plank, start in a push-up position resting on your forearms. Bring your hips up off the floor and hold it. The key with the plank is to maintain a straight line from the shoulder to the hip to the knee to the ankle throughout the entire exercise.

The plank is a fantastic and highly functional core exercise. It trains your core in the same way it functions in real life; if you were squatting with a weight for example, you’d be bracing your abs like you are in the plank. Your initial goal is to be able to hold the plank position for a solid 60 seconds.

The Leg Drop

The third ab exercise we’ll cover is the leg drop. This is an exercise that will hit those hard to target lower abs.

Start with both feet straight up in the air. Again, you should have your lower back pressed the floor and all times with this one.

To perform the exercise, alternately lower your right foot and left foot to the ground. If you feel your lower back coming off the floor at all, stop and bring the foot back up.

Now that we’ve covered three at home ab exercises, we’re going to cover three at home ab workouts you can do that are quick and effective.

The Workouts

Perform all exercises in each circuit back to back without rest, rest as needed at the end of each circuit, and repeat each circuit 1 to 2 more times.

Ab circuit one

  • 10 to 15 crunches
  • 10 to 15 leg drops

Ab circuit two

  • 30 to 60 second plank hold
  • 10 to 15 crunches

Ab circuit three

  • 10 to 15 crunches
  • 30 to 60 second plank hold
  • 10 to 15 leg drops

In summary, if one of your main fitness goals is to trim and tone your abs, the good news is you don’t need any added equipment or lots of time to achieve your goal. The exercises and at-home ab workouts I’ve outlined in this article will get you well on your way to looking great in a swimsuit this summer. Train hard and good luck!