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11 Easy At-Home Abs Workout For A Killer Six Pack in No Time!

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Before you get to the best at-home abs workout, let’s get one thing straight and clear! A six-pack doesn’t happen overnight!!! It requires hard work, strict diets and of course the right routine. However, we can tell you that the workout routines to get a six-pack isn’t hard at all. In fact, it is super simple that you can even do it at home! The best part is at-home abs workout routine is not just simple but effective. All it needs is just around 10-20 minutes of your time every day.  

So, are you ready to commit to that and get that kick-ass six-pack of your dream? Just picture yourself in a bikini at the beach with a killer body? Now, we know that has got you all pumped up! So, below Beauty Insider has gathered 11 of our favourite at-home abs workout along with a few pro tips to ensure that you’re executing each one perfectly. 

You can pick a few and drop them into your existing routine or, if you’re feeling a lil ambitious, then turn all into full at-home abs workout circuit. It is completely up to you! Start off slow and do one set every day, with a 30 seconds break in between each step. Slowly, step up your game and repeat the whole circuit 2-3 times. You don’t need any equipment at all, just your body and 10-20 minutes of your time. So, are you ready?!

1. Plank

How to Do: 

Lie facing down on the ground, then prop yourself up into a forearm plank position. Make sure to align your elbows directly underneath your shoulders. Your hands can either be flat on the ground or for extra grip you can ball up your fists. Oh, but make sure both sides of your arm are parallel to one another. Try holding a plank at least 30 seconds per set.

Pro Tip: 

Squeeze your glutes (stomach) as tight as possible while you’re in the plank position. It will give you more stability and a tighter core!

2.  Side Plank

How to Do: 

Firstly,  rest on the one side of your body facing the floor while the other side should be facing up. Then. place your elbow right under your shoulder.  Keep your core tucked in and lift your hips and knees off the floor. Hold on to the position at least 10-20 seconds each set. But of course the longer the better. Repeat the same step for the other side.

Pro Tip:

Just like a normal plank, side planks help strengthen the abdominal and the back muscles. So, make sure to hold your core tight while you are holding a side plank.  That is the key here. 

3. Flutter Kicks

How to Do:

Flutter kick is an exercise that specifically targets your lower abdominal. They mimic the movement of a swimmer swimming stroke but done on dry land. To do this, you first have to lie on your back which can also strengthen your back muscles, then engage in your core. Then, rapidly kick your legs right and left alternately. Make sure that your lower back doesn’t lift off the floor at any point. Do this for about 30 seconds!

Pro Tip: 

When you are kicking your legs, try not to lift your legs up too high. The lower you keep your leg the better and harder it gets actually. And don’t kick too fast instead take it slow and steady. 

4. Russian Twist

How to Do:

The Russian twist can help strengthen and stabilize your core muscle. It is also a pretty easy move. All you have to do is sit on the floor and lean back slightly and lift your legs in a V-shape. Then, twist your torso from side to side without moving your legs. Aim to do this for at least 30 seconds per set.

Pro- Tip:

Move slowly and aim to do 20-30 for the best result but remember don’t push yourself too harsh! 

5. Crunches 

How to Do:

Doing crunches every day can build your endurance and reduce belly fat. In fact, it is one of the fastest and most effective ways to burn the stubborn belly fat. To start off, lie down flat on the floor and place your hand behind your head. Then, lift your upper body and shoulder blades from the ground without moving your knees. After that, push yourself forward and try to get your right arm to touch your left leg. Then, continue repeating on the opposite side. Aim for at least 30 seconds each day.

Pro- Tip: 

Push your body forward and tuck in your glute to reach the legs. It is the upper body that should go towards the lower body, not the other way round!

6. Sit-Ups

How to Do: 

Sit-ups are another common abs exercise that guarantees a great result. Sit-ups don’t just strengthen the core muscle it also builds other muscles like chest, hip and lower back. Start sit-ups by lying flat on the grounds with your arms behind your head or laid straight off the ground. Then, move your upper body towards your knees without moving the lower body. Do this for about 30 seconds!

Pro Tip:

Make sure your arms are not pushing against your head and neck too much. You are supposed to be using your core muscle to move and not the lower body. 

7. Mountain Climbers

How to Do:

This has got to be the toughest one on the list but is one of the most effective abs exercises. It doesn’t just tighten up the core muscle but also gets your heart rate up. Perfect quick cardio to get some sweats out.  To do this exercise, first, you need to get into a plank position, on your hands and toes. Position your hands at about shoulder-width apart from each other. Then, pull the right knee into your chest as far as you can. Switch and do the same thing with your other knee.

Pro Tip:

Don’t let your hips up! We know, it is hard but resists yourself from letting your hips go up. Keep it straight and suck in your tummy while doing this. Try to do mountain climbers for 30 seconds each set. 

8. Double Leg Twist

How to Do: 

Start off by lying on your back and extend your legs straight up. Then, rotate the legs out slightly, keeping the heels together and inner legs pulled in the centerline. Make sure to point your toes and lift your feet back off the ground at a 45-degree angle using your abdominal muscles and pause at the peak. Then slowly lie back down keeping your arms and legs stretched. Repeat this move for about 30 seconds.

Pro Tip:

Lift your legs just slightly off the ground, approximately 45 degrees of the ground. The lower you keep your legs, the better it is for the core.

9. Bridge Pose

How to Do:

Bridge pose is actually a yoga move that can help stretch and tighten your core muscles. It also opens up and stretches the spine and the back of the neck. You begin by lying face- down on the mat. Keep your elbows tucked into the sides of your body and raise your chest off the floor by pushing into the ground with both hands. Raise your upper body up and go back as far as is comfortable. Hold the pose for 30 seconds and release.

Pro Tip: 

When you raise your body, don’t use your hands to support your hips! Just go as high as you can. If you cannot hold on for 30 seconds straight then it’s alright. Just hold for five breaths and release. But repeat for 30 seconds!

10. Bird Dog

How to Do: 

This is another yoga move that stretches and tightens the core muscles. Begin the exercise with your hands being directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Then, while keeping your back and pelvis still, stretch your right arm forward and left leg back. Hold in the position for 2 counts and repeat this exercise on the opposite side.

Do this on alternating sides for about 30 seconds.

Pro Tip: 

To make it harder, touch your opposite elbow to your knee as you pull your arm and leg in.

11. Downward Facing Dog

How to Do:

To end the routine, you have to lift yourself up, hence comes the Downward Facing Dog. It is a mild yoga move that builds core strength while stretching the whole body. It’s named after the way dogs naturally stretch their entire bodies! Just go into a plank then push your weight back through your heels until your legs and arm are straight and outstretched.  Hold this position for at least 10 seconds. Then slowly walk your hands towards your feet and slowly lift yourself. 

Pro Tip:

The whole purpose of doing this is to ease any tense muscles and cramps that were caught during the routine. So, don’t rush it and do it slowly! Once you are all the way up, stretch your body and then take a good rest that you deserve!