By now, pretty much everyone and their mom has heard the saying “abs are made in the kitchen,” and this is true! But don’t forget that abs are sculpted in the gym.
Your abdominal muscles function just like any other muscle in your body, and require work and effort to get those chiseled abs you’re looking for. While sit-ups are one of the most traditional ab exercises to-date, there are SO many other core-focused exercises you should be adding to your ab-blasting repertoire.
Check out some of our favorite and most effective core exercises that will have you well on your way to getting the abs you want!
Simple but effective! They not only build your core, but also your overall strength. By resting your upper body on your elbows and forearms, you create a plank by rising up on your toes and keeping your whole body straight. For some variations, try up-down planks or rotate by lifting an arm or leg on each plank for an added challenge.
- Hanging Leg Raises
These acrobatic-like moves require a pull up bar. Hang on the bar and keep your body straight in a pull-up position. Lift your legs at the hips to form a right angle with your body, lower your legs slowly in a controlled motion and repeat!
- Jump squats
Just like any other jumping exercises (jump rope, tuck jumps) jump squats work your core as you balance your body. Keep your movements precise and your jump controlled for the best results.
- Mountain climbers
This full body exercise works not just your core, but your oblique muscles as well. Start with hands a little wider than shoulder-width apart and a flat back, bring one knee toward the opposite elbow and repeat!
Another effective, full body move that combines a squat with a push-up. Start out slow to ensure your form is on point and you are reaping the full benefits of your burpee!
- Leg Raises
They may be old-school, but that doesn’t make them any less effective! Leg raises work the lower abs specifically to get your core burning. Lay flat on your back with your arms at your sides, raise your legs perpendicular to your body and lower them in a slow and controlled motion.