Eight Abs Workout for a Summer-Ready Tummy in as Fast as Four Weeks

When it comes to fitness, every man and woman would so desire to attain one ultimate goal: losing those love handles and getting that elusive, beautifully flat, and toned midsection. Although there is a multitude of abs workout to choose from, achieving that eye-catching, summer-ready stomach may also mean engaging the entire core. Using nothing more than a mat, a pair of two to five-pound dumbbells, and stability ball, build an abs-ripping circuit by choosing at least one workout that targets different core muscles and get ready to flaunt those firm and impressive abs in just four weeks!

Transversus Abdominus

  • Scrabble ball. Start off on elbows and hands extended directly beneath the shoulders, legs straight out with knees together, and placing your feet on the stability ball. Maintain your balance and refrain from arching your back or stick your bottom in the air. Work your abs as you use the ball to spell out the alphabet until you reach the letter “O” or finishing up to the letter ā€œZā€.
  • Horizontal Plank. Placing a mat on the floor, get into plank position with your feet at a hip distance and a dumbbell in left hand. Slowly raise and extend your left arm adjacent to your shoulders as you engage your core. Lower your arm. Perform this workout 10 times in a plank position alternating both arms.

Rectus Abdominus

  • V Rock and Roll. Using a mat, begin this workout by lying on your back with legs pressed against each other, and toes forward. Put your arms above your head with hands on top of each other and work your abs by lifting both legs and shoulders at least half a foot from the floor and swing your body to and fro in a slow, seesaw motion. Repeat 10 times.
  • Stand-Up. Stand at the front of your mat with your back facing the mat, feet at a hip distance, and a pair of dumbbells at the chest on both hands. Declining slowly to the mat by bending the knees, get into a squatting position and sit down. Upon reaching the mat, push knees into the chest and lie down, extending both arms to bring the dumbbells above the head. Lower your feet and go back to the starting position. Do it all over again eight times.


  • Around the World. Start off by lying on top of your stability ball with your feet on the floor at a hip distance, and bottom partly on the ball. Raising both arms above the head and on top of your shoulders, work your abs as you engage your upper torso in a circular motion in a clockwise direction. Repeat 10 times making sure you shift between going clockwise and counter-clockwise.
  • Windshield Wipers. Placing your mat on the floor, lie down with your back straight and head up, pointing your legs in the air with knees together and arms straight right next to your shoulders and palms facing the floor. At a slow pace, lower both legs to the left, without touching the ground. Work your muscles as raise your legs, returning to the center, and then lower on the opposite side. Perform this exercise eight to 12 times, switching both legs.

Lower Back, Hips Reflexors, Glutes

  • Glute Bridge. Lie on your back in a bent-knee position with your arms on the sides, fingers and toes pointing forward. Work your abs and glutes as you lift your hips off the floor without pushing them too high. Stay in this position for at least 3 seconds before slowly declining back to the starting position. Repeat 12 times. As you advance, challenge yourself by doing this workout with one leg off the ground.
  • Ball Opposites. Using a stability ball, lie on your stomach with hands on the floor directly beneath your shoulders, legs straight, and toes touching the ground. Work your glutes and engage your abs as raise your right leg and left arm, with your back straight and shoulders relaxed. Stay in this position for one count, and then lower, switching to the other side. Perform the routine twelve times alternately on both sides.

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