Looking to get six pack abs with a great ab workout at home – or simply strengthen and firm your stomach? If so, you need to get an effective abdominal workout program in place.
And you probably don’t always have time to get to the gym. The good news is that for a great ab workout, you don’t need a gym.
Many people think that they need to spend hours on the abdominal mats crunching away if they are going to get a flat stomach, but that’s far from the truth. If you perform a few very effective exercises, you really only need to train your abs for 5 minutes, two times per week to see progress taking place.
Of course diet is a huge part of your progress. You can spend quality time doing your ab workout at home, but if you’re a train wreck in the kitchen, you won’t see good results. It must be a twofold plan. But if you can do both, you will see really impressive progress. And you can do both…just takes a little discipline and desire. The general rule is…if you want to see your abs, you need to be at 10% body fat.
Here are two plans below for your ab workout at home:
- Without an exercise ball
- With an exercise ball
Let’s go over what you need to know to create an effective ab workout at home.
Challenge Your Muscles From Various Angles
The very first thing you’ll want to make sure you do when designing your ab workout at home is to challenge your muscles from a variety of different angles. If you only ever perform the standard crunch movement, you’re missing out.
Because the ab muscles are fast to adapt to whatever stress you place on them, so the more variety…the better.
Attack them in both the prone and supine positions as well as with both the upper and lower body moving to perform the crunching action. The prone position works best with an exercise ball.
Add Instability to Your Workouts
Next, the best way to ensure that you get every single ab muscle fiber firing on all pistons is to incorporate instability into the workout routine. This is going to allow you to reach muscle fibers deep within your core, getting a far more complete workout in.
An exercise ball is the best way to do this, as it instantly places you off balance and will require optimal contractions to maintain control.
With each of these, your core muscles will be called into play. For instance, doing a plank on an exercise ball activates your core muscles, and does not allow just a few muscles to act in isolation.
Move Through The Full Range Of Motion
Finally, you also want to make sure that you move through as large a range of motion as possible with a number of exercises that you do. Remember that the larger the range of motion you move through, the harder the abs muscles are going to be contracting, so the better the progress you will see. You will have greater muscular hypertrophy with great range of motion.
Many people perform the standard crunch exercise, which has you moving through the shortest range of motion possible. Lengthen it for greater results.
Ab Workout at Home – Without Exercise Ball
Here is a super effective ab workout with no exercise ball.
- Lying Leg Raise – 15 reps
- Scissor Kicks (Flutter Kicks) – 10 reps (lying on back with legs straight, move legs up and down in a scissor motion – add a twist/diagonal in the motion to work obliques)
- Frog Kicks – 15 reps
- Bicycle Crunches – 15 reps
- Regular Crunches – 20 reps
- Plank hold with your arms on the ground (or on a table, chair, etc)
- Do all 5 exercises in quick succession with no rest between exercises
- Rest 1 minute between each cycle of 5 exercises
- Pretty fast pace, so you will see some cardio benefit too
- Simple, but very effective
Ab Workout at Home – With Exercise Ball
This home ab workout utilizes and exercise ball.
- Lying Leg Raise (with ball between feet) – 15 reps
- Prone Ball Roll-Out – 10 reps
- Crunches – 20 reps
- Plank hold with the hands on an exercise ball – 30 second hold
- Do all 4 exercises in quick succession with no rest between exercises
- Rest 2 minutes between each set of 4 exercises
- Perform 2-3 sets of the 4 exercises
1-2-3-4 / Rest 2m / 1-2-3-4 / Rest 2m / 1-2-3-4
- Pretty fast pace, so you will see some cardio benefit as well
- Simple, but very effective…your abs will be “singin”
Simple is Most Powerful for Your Ab Workout at Home
While this is just four exercises total, you’ll work the upper and lower abs, along with the obliques. You will be targeting the abs from a wide variety of different angles with each exercise performed.
Remember, focus strictly on the abdominal muscles contracting to guide the movement pattern, so that other muscles aren’t doing the brunt of the work.
Keep your breathing patterns regular to avoid excessive stress build-up in the body. This will make the workout as comfortable as possible.
If you can do this two to three times per week, you will be on track to seeing flat-stomach success. Remember to get your diet in order as well as diet and exercise go hand in hand with producing a lean, muscular build.
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