30 Best Abs Exercises

1. Start in a sitting position and lean back slightly. Using weights, lift your arms up in a curl while bending your knees to your chest. What you need:

  • Exercise mat
  • Weights
  • Comfortable workout clothes

 

2. Laying flat on the ground, place your arms directly by your side and slowly lift your legs into the air. Curl your knees towards your chest and raise your head slightly. What you need:

  • Workout mat or a comfortable flat surface
  • Comfortable workout clothes

 

3. Just like the last one, you will need to lay flat on the floor. You will place your hands over your chest like you are doing sit ups, only you lift your legs above you. Lowering one leg at a time, twist your upper body slightly while raising your head. What you will need:

  • Exercise mat or comfortable surface
  • Workout clothes

 

4. This exercise uses a ball and requires you to sit while leaning slightly. You will have your knees bent in front of you on the floor and your torso leaning slightly away. What you will do is take the ball and twist your body from side to side. What you need:

  • Exercise mat
  • Resistance ball

 

5. Called the “Sideways Crunch” what you do is lay on your side and place your arm above your head. Lifting your legs sideways, also lift your torso to workout those pesky side muscles. What you need:

  • Comfortable mat
  • Workout clothes

 

6. Next exercise deals with mini-crunches. Instead of having feet flat on floor, have them above the body and perform normal crunch with arms extended towards toes. What you need:

  • Comfortable workout clothes
  • Comfortable exercise mat or flat surface

 

7. Another exercise that can be done is a series of sidewise crunches. One type of crunch can be done while standing. Squat with your legs as far apart as the shoulders, reaching behind you while twisting from side to side. What you need:

  • Exercise mat or comfortable flooring
  • Comfortable workout clothes

 

8. The next exercise is done laying down. With your body completely flat on your exercise mat or chosen surface, stretch arms down sides and while lifting head and legs, lift arms up the outside of the legs. What you need:

  • Comfortable workout clothes
  • Exercise mat or comfortable flooring

 

9. Another exercise that can be done is the scissor crunch. This exercise has you laying on your side and bringing your knee to your chest while curling your abs inward. Repeat on the opposite side by changing positions. What you need:>br>

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Workout surface

 

10. On your elbows and knees, draw one leg up at a time while curling your back upwards towards the ceiling or sky. Alternate legs to exercise both sides of your abs. What you need:

  • Comfortable workout clothes
  • Exercise or yoga mat or comfortable flooring

 

11. To ensure that you are not over extending your crunches, use this exercise to show yourself how far you need to go to do a proper crunch. Lay flat on your back with your knees bent, place hands on thighs and as you lift your upper body, allow hands to go up thighs. When you reach the knees, relax back down. What you need:

  • Comfortable workout clothes
  • Exercise mat or comfortable flooring

 

12. With elbows pointed outwards, lift legs from ground and slowly twist your upper body from side to side. To add extra boost to ab workout, twist legs in opposite direction and exercise lower abs as well. What you need:

  • Exercise clothes
  • Comfortable floor or exercise mat

 

13. While standing upright, extend arms above head and kick one leg out to the side. As you bring your arms back down, bring leg upwards and meet knee to elbow. What you need:

  • Good exercise clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Exercise mat to stand on

 

14. Another exercise for the abs is similar to a full sit-up. The difference being that as you rise upwards, you twist so that your arms are both on the same side. What you need:

  • Comfortable workout clothes
  • Exercise mat or comfortable flooring

 

15. Laying flat on your stomach, lift upper body and legs in the air with arms extended above head. With scissor like motion, “swim” arms and legs in alternating motion. What you need:

  • Exercise clothes
  • Exercise mat or comfortable flooring

 

16. Taking a barbell weight, lift weight to waist and lower it to feet several times to exercise abs. Repeat with either added weight or with same weight currently being used. What you need:

  • Bar weight
  • Exercise clothes
  • Comfortable and supporting shoes
  • Exercise mat

 

17. Taking hand weights, lay flat on ground. Extend one leg above body and bend the other leg at knee. Using bent knee, lift lower body above ground and extend arms with weights above body. What you need:

  • A spotter
  • Exercise clothes
  • Exercise mat
  • Hand weights

 

18. On hands and feet, alternate extension of limbs by tapping hand against opposite ankle. Make sure back is arched upwards so that the curve is facing the ceiling. What you need:

  • Exercise clothes
  • Exercise mat

 

19. Leaning back on lower arms, lift legs above ground. Using arms, lift upper body while drawing legs upwards to chest. This is known as the V-crunch. What you need:

  • Workout clothes
  • Exercise mat

 

20. With arms and legs firmly planted on ground, lift body upwards and make a bridge. Repeat as needed. For extra boost, use one leg to kick body upwards and extend one leg in air, bending back towards floor while lowering legs. What you need:

  • Exercise clothes
  • Exercise mat
  • Spotter

 

21. Laying flat on ground, place arms against side of body and lift one leg in air while other leg is bent at knee. Lift lower body in air while keeping other leg straight in air. What you need:

  • Exercise clothes
  • Exercise mat

 

22. With large exercise ball, balance feet on ball and extend arms to the side. Using pressure on ball, lift lower body from ground. What you need:

  • Exercise ball
  • Workout clothes
  • Exercise mat

 

23. Place yourself in push-up position with body balance on toes and hands. Instead of performing push-ups, push away from floor with feet, extending legs to the side. Push up again to bring legs close together. What you need:

  • Exercise clothes
  • Exercise mat

 

24. Laying flat on ground, extend arms above body with hands pressed together. Bend knees upward and perform regular crunch, maintaining arms extension above body. What you need:

  • Exercise mat
  • Exercise clothes

 

25. With hands interlocked behind head, and body laying flat on ground, bend legs at knee and perform crunch with elbows meeting alternating knee as you raise both upper body and legs from ground. What you need:

  • Exercise mat
  • Exercise clothes

 

26. Laying on side, lift upper body on one arm and extend the opposite arm with elbow bent so that hand is behind head and elbow is pointing up towards ceiling. Bend at abs so that elbow is touching ground beside hand. What you need:

  • Exercise mat
  • Exercise clothing

 

27. Laying on couch with legs extended on the back of the couch and head hanging off the cushions, place hands behind head. Perform crunches as normal. Ideal for those with bad backs. What you need:

  • Exercise clothes
  • Couch

 

28. With knees bent and body laying flat on ground, extend arms down the sides of the body. Lift upper body using ab muscles only, twist at waist so that each arm is at any moment of time, extending towards the feet. What you need:

  • Exercise clothes
  • Exercise mat

 

29. Standing up, extend one leg behind body and one arm towards floor, bend at waist. What you need:

  • Exercise mat
  • Exercise clothes

 

30. Crossing one leg over bent knee, extend one arm out to the side and the other place behind head. Lift upper body until elbow meets knee. What you need:

  • Exercise mat
  • Exercise clothes
  • Spotter

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