COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on fitness industry, forcing people to make great changes to their workout routines and consider other gym-free alternatives. But as you probably know, home workouts can be just as challenging — especially true when it comes to working your abs.
Worry no more, we've got you covered! You don't need anything but a mat (or a comfortable floor) and the right moves. Here are 5 simple ab exercises you can do at home:
Seated Russian Twist
This rotational move works your obliques and entire core.
HOW TO DO THE RUSSIAN TWIST:
Start by sitting on the floor, with your knees bent, pull your abs to your spine, and lean back a few inches while keeping your back straight.
Hold your hand at your chest, and twist your torso to the right, then to the left to complete one rep. Aim for 20, or set a timer for a minute and keep twisting till the beep goes off.
A traditional exercise meant to strengthen your abdominals!
HOW TO DO A BASIC CRUNCH:
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet about 12 inches from your butt. Put your hands behind your ears.
Focusing on your core muscles, lift your head and shoulders and raise up until your head, shoulders, and back are off the floor. Keep your belly button pulled in.
Lower back down to complete one rep.
The reverse crunch hits all the showy exterior abs muscles you need to work for a well-defined six-pack, placing emphasis on the lower abs. It also puts your abs under tension for a long period of time, maximizing the benefits to your stomach muscles.
HOW TO DO THE REVERSE CRUNCH:
Start lying down with your arms by your sides.
Bring your knees in toward your chest with your feet together.
Use your abs to slowly curl your hips off the floor and towards your chest, then slowly lower them back to the starting position. (Don't swing your legs to to create momentum; use your abs to control your movement.) This completes one rep.
Double Leg Lifts
A classic Pilates exercise — builds massive abdominal strength.
HOW TO DO A DOUBLE LEG LIFT:
Lay flat on the ground with your legs extended straight up toward the ceiling. Place your hands underneath the back of your head, or extend your arms out to the side and grip the floor for more stability.
Inhale and lower your legs down with control. Only lower your legs as far as you’re able to without letting your lower back lift off the floor, or your abdomen popping up.
Once you’ve reached your end range of motion, exhale and lift your legs back to starting position with control. This completes one rep.
This exercise strengthens and tones the entire abdominal wall.
HOW TO DO A DOUBLE LEG LIFT:
Begin sitting, balanced just behind your sits bones, rock back slightly to lift your feet off the floor; gently pull your knees to your chest.
Exhale, pull your navel to your spine, and lean back slightly as you open your arms to the sides and straighten your legs.
Inhale and return to the starting position to complete one rep. Do 20 reps.
Bolt on these ab exercises to your workout session to sculpt a killer six