Top 6 Abs Workouts for 2021
It may come as a bit of a shock to someone putting together an abs workout routine for the first time, but you don’t need to do hundreds of thousands of crunches to tone up your tum. While crunches definitely don’t hurt your chances of ending up with abs like Ronda Rousey or Cristiano Ronaldo, there are plenty of other exercises you can incorporate into your workout and achieve the same goal. Take a look at our top 6 abs workouts for 2021 and let us know your thoughts in the comments.
1. Russian Twists
Ok, so these are pretty similar to crunches, but they’re working to target your obliques, forcing them to contract with each movement.
Russian Twists have come under fire for being dangerous recently. This is mostly due to the fact that our spines aren’t made for twisting and people tend to overextend their Russian Twists to a point that may be harmful in the long run.
In order to safely introduce Russian Twists to your workout, rather than twisting your entire body from side to side, focus on moving only the object you’re holding, whether it be a medicine ball or weight. Keep your core rigid and stabilised. This is a much more effective and safer way to train your obliques.
Squats are amazing for thighs and glutes, we all know this. They are also amazing for your core. The up and down motion of carrying out a series of squats forces your core to engage as it helps you balance and maintain good form. The core muscles worked during squats include the obliques, the rectus abdominis, the erector spinae and the transverse abdominis. So, quite a few. Yep! Squats are definitely worth adding to your abs workout routine.
3. Mountain Climbers
Yes, the dreaded mountain climbers. They’re tough, exhausting and perfectly equipped to target your core and tone up your tummy. Go fast, go hard and you’ll be well on your way to reaching your chiselled ab goals.
As well as being great for your mind and your soul, yoga provides an awesome workout for your body. You can tailor your yoga routine to provide a killer abs workout. Here are some poses that will target your core and help you get that six-pack you’ve been dreaming of.
- Star Plank
- Half Bow Half Locust
- Twisting Boat
Help those abs out a bit by ramping up your body and mind!
How long can you hold a plank for? The longer, the better when it comes to toning your core and working your abs. It’s important to always make the extra effort to engage your stomach (and your glutes) when you hold a plank pose. If you feel that a basic plank isn’t working your core enough, you can try out a few plank variations to target different areas. Look into reverse planks, rocking planks and side planks to spice up your abs workouts.
6. Battle Rope Power Slams
The ultimate full-body workout, battle rope power slams target almost every muscle in your body. Your core is tested as the muscles contract to stabilise your balance and help support your arms as they pound away, lifting and slamming the heavy ropes. Your abdominals won’t know what hit them when you punch out a few battle rope reps with your next abs workout routine.