Getting Abs from Your Living Room Floor

I personally love going to the gym. I love the atmosphere that comes with seeing other people working out. It provides that extra motivation to push a little harder. In an ideal world I’d be able to go everyday, but sometimes that just isn’t feasible.

Maybe you don’t have enough hours in your day to get to the gym. Maybe the weather is crappy and you’re lacking a lot of motivation to leave the house. Or maybe you’re still not sure if you’re ready to commit to paying for a gym membership (as I wasn’t until this past summer). Whatever your reasoning, there is no reason you can’t get healthy and in the shape you desire to be in from the comfort of your own home.

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What You’ll Need

  • a yoga mat
  • you
  • ankle weights (optional)

What I Do

Whether I’m getting my workout in at home or at the gym, I like to do 6 exercises to focus on my abs daily (of course there are days that I skip here and there), doing sets of 15 reps.

Currently I’ve been doing 3 sets of hanging leg raises and 3 sets of hanging reverse crunches but it’s always ideal to switch up your routine now and then (I’ll talk about these two exercises and how I do their mat-versions below).

My ab workout takes me under 10 minutes so there are no excuses! If you want to challenge and push yourself a little harder, ankle weights are a great way to do just that.

Leg Raises

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Start by laying flat on the floor. For extra support, put your hands behind your head. Raise your legs so that they are parallel to your body. Lower them to your starting position without touching the ground.

Reverse Crunches

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Start with your legs bent and raised parallel to your body. Move your knees to your chest, engaging your abs, and then return to starting position!

Bicycle

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Move your legs in a motion that mimics how they would be moving if you were pedaling on a bike. For an added burn, bring opposite knee to opposite elbow as you do so.

Twisting Crunch

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Have your hands behind your head and bring one knee to the opposite elbow then do the same for the other knee.

Flutter Kicks/Scissors

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Flutter Kicks: Cross ankle over ankle while keeping your legs slightly off the ground. Scissors: Move your legs up and down in a “scissoring” motion without letting them touch the ground.

Jackknife Sit-ups

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Start with your legs flat and your arms above your head. Raise both your legs and upper body so that your fingers touch your toes.

Keep in mind that in order for your abs and all your hard work to show, you need to be doing cardio in order to burn off and lose any fat you may have as well as maintain a healthy lifestyle when it comes to your diet! However, don’t shy away from food. Protein = muscle. If you want diet tips or a look at what my daily diet consists of currently, comment below!

What you get out of your workout is what you put into it; not where you do it. Stay motivated!

xoxo Nic

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