MYTH: Doing ab exercises will get you abs.
FACT: Whether or not a person has visible abs is dependent upon their body fat percentage and body composition.
Now, just because doing crunches or planks won’t give you instant abs, that doesn’t meant that ab workouts aren’t worth doing. Having a strong core is essential for overall health, it can help improve posture, help prevent injuries, and improve your strength and stamina when performing other exercises, as your core is utilized while doing various types of strength training and cardio.
So, here is a lower impact at-home ab workout that requires minimal equipment:
Yoga Mat, Dumbbell, Medicine Ball (Optional), Bosu Ball (Optional)
20 Leg Raises (Try placing hands beneath lower back or bum if you feel lower back discomfort.)
20 Russian Twists w/ Dumbbell OR Medicine Ball
20 Side Crunches (Left Side)
30 Mountain Climbers (Hands on floor OR hands on the flat side of Bosu Ball)
20 Side Crunches (Right Side)
30 X Mountain Climbers (Opposite knee to opposite elbow) (Hands on floor OR hands on flat side of Bosu Ball)
20 Weighted Sit Ups (Holding Dumbbell or Medicine Ball)
20 Weighted Bent Leg Jackknifes w/ Dumbbell or Medicine Ball
15 Toe Taps
20 Ab Bikes (10 per side)
1 minute Plank
And you’re done! As always, be sure to modify, substitute or add in exercises as you see fit.