10 Min Abs Workout – At Home
I can only speak for myself, but I know there is no worse feeling than that of being bloated or flabby. When I skip the gym for a while, and carb-binge, I notice the difference in my stomach right away. My stomach fluctuates, depending on how much cheese and bread I’m eating.
The best part about abs is that you can use them to trick people. If your stomach is ripped, you can have thicker thighs or arms and get away with it. It’s almost as though the eyes go straight to the abs. Work on your abs, and the rest will follow!
Like with anything in life, you have to be consistent. Consistency is key. You can’t do one intense ab class and expect to see a difference. Especially if you aren’t watching what you eat.
Exercise should be a routine, and second nature. Abs is an exceptionally easy exercise because you don’t need equipment or a gym. You can squeeze in crunches anywhere. Take 10 minutes from your day to lay on the floor and do these basic exercises that will keep your stomach looking the way you want it to.
Reps: 1 minute
Lie flat on the floor with the lower back pressed into the ground. Place your hands slightly either side of your head, do not lock your fingers or pull the head up. Lift your knees to a 45 degree angle. Slowly go through a bicycle pedal motion with the legs. Alternately touching your elbows to the opposite knee twisting back and forth through the core, keep the elbows back rather than forward to the chest as this could strain the neck
Weight: 10 lbs
Reps: 4 sets of 20
Sit down on the floor lift your legs off the ground ( if you are having a hard time keeping your feet off the floor you may place your heels on the floor). Interlock your hands and twist from one side to the other. Make sure you look at your hands when they are going from one side to the other.
Weight: 10 lbs
Rep: 50 (25 each leg)
Tip: This directly targets the lower abs, which is the hardest place to tone. It is important that you keep your core strong while lowering each leg. Use the weight for balance and for an extra challenge.
Reps: 50 (25 each leg)
Laying on your back keep place your hands behind the head. Keep your abs tight and lift your left knee to touch the right elbow. Go back to the beginning position, raise your right knee, and touch it with left elbow. Make sure the abs remains engaged and your hands are relaxed, thus preventing you from pulling on your neck
Hand-to-shin Sit Up
Reps: 3 sets of 12
Start by lying on the ground or mat with your legs at a 45° angle. Hold your head with both hands and lift your left elbow and cross it over to your right side, do the same for the other side.
Combining crunches & bicycle crunches
Reps: 3 sets of 10 (15 each side)
Tip: This is a combination of 2 very basic ab workouts that will make you want to cry. The name of the game is to do simple, but efficient work.