8 exercises you can do at home for toned abs
Working out at home is great. You can listen to your favorite music as loud as you want, wear your comfiest workout clothes, and sweat to your heart’s content.
And the extra bonus is – it’s free! No gym membership and low or no equipment purchases necessary.
We’ve put together eight of our favorite ab exercises you can do from the comfort of your living room. So put your favorite Netflix show or music on, roll out a mat or lie a towel on the carpet, and get going!
Knees lifted crunch
This is a variation to the basic crunch, slightly more challenging. You’ll be targeting your upper abdominal muscles and challenging your core to maintain balance with your knees lifted.
Lying on your back, raise your knees to a 90 degrees angle; your calves are parallel with the floor. Put your hands behind your head, elbows out wide.
Keep your elbows wide as you raise your upper body up off the floor towards your raised legs. Hold for a count and return to start.
Repeat 25 times. Rest for 30 seconds, and repeat. Aim for 100 crunches.
This crunch targets your entire core and gets your heart rate up. When completing this one, either aim to go slowly to put more strain on your muscles or go at a quick pace.
In the same position as the knees lifted crunch, as you crunch, bring your left elbow across your body to your right knee at the same time you extend your left leg. Reverse, bringing your right elbow to your left knee as you extend your right leg. Like riding a bicycle.
Aim to complete a minute of these at once, whether you’re going slow or fast. Then rest for 30 seconds before going again. Aim for 3 sets.
The reverse crunch targets the lower abdominals which are slightly more difficult to target and are often underdefined.
Lying on your back, knees lifted and calves parallel with the floor, you want to draw your knees up towards your head, lifting your bum off the floor, and squeeze your abs. It might seem a little awkward at first until you get a flow going.
For added difficulty, keep your legs straight when lifting your bum off the floor, and lower them to a few inches above the floor, without touching before repeating.
Repeat 25 times, rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Aim for 100 crunches.
Planks are everyone’s favorite exercise. They involve mental as well as core strength and target almost all the muscles in your entire body.
Lying on your front, lift your body off the floor, so you’re balanced on your toes and forearms. Keep a straight line with your spine, so look down to maintain neck integrity and keep your butt in line.
Hold for a minute, release for 30 seconds, then repeat the cycle 3 times. If you can’t make it to a minute, start at a manageable length and work your way up.
Mountain climbers target your entire core and engage the rest of your muscles.
Start in a full push-up position, with elbows slightly bent. Reach your right knee up towards your right elbow, hold, then return to push-up position. Left knee to left elbow.
Repeat 10 times each side, rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Aim for 60 mountain climbers.
Plank rolls are actually quite fun, but they involve a considerable amount of core strength and stability.
Starting in forearm plank position, roll your left side, so your hip nearly touches the floor. Return to plank position and repeat on the right side.
Repeat 20 times each side, rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Aim for 120 rolls.
Boat pose will work your core strength and stability. It might sound easy, but the longer you hold it, the tougher it will be.
Sit on the floor with your legs out in front. Raise your knees, so your calves are parallel with the ground and let your back lower slightly. You should be balancing on your butt.
For beginners, simply sit in this position with your arms stretched out next to your legs – try not to hold onto your legs – and hold for 30 seconds.
For a more advanced boat, lean back farther and lower your legs, making sure you don’t touch the floor, and then return to upright boat pose. Move slowly, with integrity to really work the muscles. Do as many as you can for 30 seconds.
Rest 30 seconds, then repeat two times.
The Russian twist can involve a prop, like a kettlebell, ball, or pillow, or you can do this with just your hands. This exercise targets your side abdominals.
Start in a regular crunch position, knees bent and feet on the floor. Raise your upper body off the floor, towards your knees. Hold your prop, or just clasp your hands together in front of your chest.
Rotate your prop down towards the floor on your left, then up to the starting position, and down toward the floor on your right. Make sure you don’t actually touch the floor.
Repeat 30 times, rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Aim for 90 crunches.
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