7 Fat-Burning Ab Exercises You Can Do At Home

by Jose Luansing Jr

January 4, 2019

Say goodbye to pudgy belly fat with these hardcore muscle-building ab exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home.

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Are you tired of doing back-breaking crunches that don’t give you the results you’re looking for? Then you should start doing area-specific ab exercises that actually engage your abdominals. Ditch the common crunches and replace them with core-strengthening, ab-tightening workout moves to help you sculpt a solid set of washboard abs.

1. Burpees

Why you should do it:

Seasoned fitness buffs know that the best way to make your hard-earned abdominal muscles pop out is to shed off the fat surrounding it. To do that, you need to perform high-intensity interval exercises such as burpees which will leave you sweating like a pig.

The goal is to do each move as quick and explosive as possible. Try to perform as many reps as you can within the given timeframe.

How to perform:

  • Stand upright with your arms at the sides and feet about shoulder-width apart.
  • Relax your limbs then slightly bend your knees to a half-squat position.
  • Drop your arms on the floor then kick your feet back to assume a plank position.
  • Quickly pull your knees in toward your chest then jump up as high as you can from the ground.
  • Perform everything from the top to finish one rep.
  • Do three to four sets of as many reps as you can.

2. Jackknife Sit-Ups

Why you should do it:

Jackknife sit-ups are one of the best ab exercises to target your core from different angles. As opposed to regular crunches, these engage a lot more ab muscles including your upper, lower, and middle abs.

The key here is to create a smooth up and down motion with your limbs. Remember to tighten your core all throughout the exercise.

How to perform:

  • Lie flat on your back with your arms extended over your head and legs straight together.
  • Slowly raise your arms and legs by bending at the waist until they meet midair in a jackknife position. Your body should form a 45-degree angle.
  • Gently lower your arms and legs down then repeat.
  • Do three to four sets of 12 to 16 reps.

3. Russian Twists

Why you should do it:

Love handles are annoyingly hard to lose. Luckily, a few reps of ab exercises such as Russian twists should help you trim it down.

This abs workout move targets your oblique muscles while stabilizing your core balance. Not only is it very difficult to move your body from one side to the other, but you have to maintain a V-shaped form as well. Make sure to perform each move slowly while contracting your ab muscles.

How to perform:

  • Lie flat on your back, cross your arms across your chest, plant your feet firm on the ground, and bend your knees at about 90 degrees. Make sure to place your feet under a door, bed, or cabinet to prevent it from moving around.
  • Next, lift your torso up until it forms a V shape with your thighs and straighten your arms out in front of you.
  • Twist your upper body to the right as far as you can while keeping your arms parallel to the ground.
  • Hold for one count then slowly stretch your body to the other side as far as possible.
  • Do three to four sets of 12 to 16 reps on each side.

4. Spiderman Plank

Why you should do it:

If you want to burn excess calories, strengthen your balance, improve core strength, and tighten ab muscles, then add Spiderman planks to your routine. As compared to regular planks, this ab exercise engages more muscle groups including your arms and legs.

How to perform:

  • Assume a low-plank position with your forearms flat on the ground, back straight, and legs together behind you. This will be your starting position.
  • Pull your right knee in toward your right elbow then slowly push it back to the starting position.
  • Do the same thing with your other leg.
  • Perform three to four sets of 12 to 16 reps per leg.

5. Arms-High Crunches

Why you should do it:

Stop doing regular crunches and opt for some arms-high crunches instead. These mainly sculpt the upper and middle abs. Also, by lifting your arms out in the air, you further add tension to your core muscles.

How to perform:

  • Lie on your back, plant your heels flat on the ground, and raise your arms straight in front of you.
  • While keeping your arms pointing away from your body, lift your torso up halfway then slowly lower your back down to the ground.
  • Do three to four sets of 12 to 16 reps.

6. Hanging Leg Raise

Why you should do it:

Are you having trouble losing lower belly fat? A few hanging leg raises should do the trick. This exercise is perfect for fitness buffs who find the lying leg raise too easy. Try to perform a slow, controlled up and down movement while contracting your ab muscles.

How to perform:

  • Hang down from a pull-up bar with your legs together below you.
  • Slowly draw your knees in toward your chest while contracting your ab muscles.
  • Hold for one count before gently lowering your legs back down.
  • Do three to four sets of 12 to 14 reps.

7. Mountain Climbers

Why you should do it:

Mountain climbers are great ab exercises that keep your heart rate up while simultaneously targeting your abdominal muscles. Doing these regularly will improve endurance, boost core strength, and burn belly fat.

Similar to burpees, the goal is to do the movements as swift and accurate as you can within the specified timeframe. Try to balance your body on the balls of your feet to achieve a fast-paced shift between your two legs.

How to perform:

  • Start in a push-up position with your waist slightly elevated.
  • Once you position yourself, pull your right leg in toward your right arm.
  • Next, quickly kick your right leg back while simultaneously pulling your left leg in.
  • Repeat these movements as swift as you can for 30 seconds straight.
  • Do three to four sets of 30-second mountain climbers.



Combine these ab exercises to create a solid core workout routine that’ll help you achieve your fitness goal. To further emphasize the results of your training, make sure to follow a healthy diet. All the ab exercises in the world wouldn’t mean anything if you keep stuffing your face with unhealthy junk food. Identify your goals, create a specific fitness program, and then commit to it, no excuses!

What are your favorite ab exercises? Share your routine with us in the comments section down below!


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