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December 21, 2017

Ab Exercises that Work All Muscles

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I’ve been on a quest the last 8 weeks to work on my abs. Last summer I had done incredibly well, but with the many changes and unexpected 1000 mile move, I let a lot of my workouts slide and really only did the bare minimum. Now that I am back to a place where I can focus on my workouts again I’m sharing my current ab routine with you all. Finding in home ab exercises that work all muscles was easier than I thought.

I decided I would stop with the excuses and just do it. In just 8 weeks I’ve made a ton of progress, the most fundamental piece of ab development you ask? To see them.

No matter how many squats, crunches, V-ups you do if you aren’t incorporating a healthy lifestyle into your workout, you want to see your progress. If you want to reach 6-pack levels, increase the amount of cardio in your workout and start a healthier lean diet.

Once you get your diet in check and body fat percentage starts to drop-what next? Most people immediately start with crunches for their workouts. And why not? Crunches are the popular go-to workout for anyone beginning their fitness journey. But if you really want to target all of those muscles, not just the superficial ones, you need to do a little more than just your standard crunch.


Ab exercises that work all muscles

Recently, crunches are discovered to be one of the least effective ab exercises out there. So go ahead and take them out of your repertoire. I’m given you a ton of exercises that you can do at home with minimal to no equipment. Not only will these exercises help improve your core you’ll also be 100% energized and ready to kick ass throughout the rest of your day.

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The past few months have been very busy, and I’ve found it harder and harder to do at home ab workouts. Which is frustrating because it’s super hard for me to make it to the gym with the kids in tow.

That’s when I decided to do a few quick ab workout circuits that I could get done early in the morning before the kids wake up.

While at the gym I became a huge fan of squats and the ab machine, but working out at home I don’t have access to those machines. I’m also not a huge fan of crunches.

Since I lack the equipment necessary to do the heavy lifting, I’ve found the items listed below to be very handy when it comes to in-home ab and core workouts. Finding items that can train all of my muscles and be compact is hard–living in a small space I have to be careful with what I buy. But these items from Prosource are wonderful and can store easily.

Ab Exercises that work all muscles: My Ab Routine

  1. V-Ups
  2. One Legged Bridge
  3. Upright Bicycle
  4. Fire Hydrant
  5. Cross Body Mountain Climbers
  6. Straight Leg Lift/Alternating Leg Lifts
  7. Side Plank
  8. Spiderman Climb

Knee Ups

Try the V-Ups with a medicine ball for extra resistance.


The Spiderman Climb is one of my favorite exercises. It gets your adrenaline pumping!


Want more ab exercises that work all muscles? Try these bonus workout sequences in addition to the ones above.

Bonus 1:

  • 15 V-Ups
  • 10 Fire Hydrants
  • 10 Cross Body Mountain Climbers

Bonus 2:

  • 10 One Legged Bridge
  • 10 Upright Bicycles
  • 10 Fire Hydrants
  • 10 Straight Leg Lifts

Bonus 3:

  • :30 Side Plank
  • 15 Cross Body Mountain Climbers
  • 10 Spiderman Climbs

Burn fat today with exercises that incorporate more than one muscle group and get your heart rate up with some tempo to your movement. The ab exercises that work all muscles listed below are a little more advanced.

Kick ass today!

1) Wall balls
2) Wall mtn climbers
3) lateral twists
4) lateral handstand crawl on wall or lateral wall plank 1:00 minute
5) oblique side sweeps



Adding a stability ball or another item of resistance to your workout can help target all the muscles in your abs. When working with a stability ball your movements should be slow and deliberate. Incorporate these moves individually into your existing ab workout or combine all for one comprehensive abs circuit. Collectively, they’ll blast EVERYTHING from an assortment of different angles — including the upper and lower abs, obliques, and lower back — in under 15 minutes.

You can find a stability ball here from Prosource.

For the workout below do the following:

5 sets of 20 sit ups

5 sets of 10 back extensions using the stability ball.


ab exercises that work all muscles


ab exercises that work all muscles

Wall Mountain Climbers

These mountain climbers not only get your heart rate up but will tone your abdominals and really target the obliques. Starting in a full plank position on your hands, use your lower abs to drive the right knee in towards the chest, then twist the knee over to the LEFT elbow, using the obliques. Quickly place the right foot back to the plank and repeat, bringing the LEFT knee to the RIGHT elbow. Complete this exercise for 30-60 seconds.

Lateral Wall Plank


Seated Leg Pull-In


Ab Scrunches


To complete my ab workout follow the list in the above order. These are quick exercises which are done in as little as 4 minutes! So if you’re really short on time or just need something quick try my ab workout today!

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Remember, to have great abs you can’t just workout and expect that to solve all of your problems. In order to develop your muscles properly, you have to have a lifestyle change and remain consistent. You NEED the RIGHT nutrition, the RIGHT program and most importantly, the RIGHT mindset in order to make it happen.

I’ve had two cesarean sections and was told by the doctor I would never have a flat tummy again without surgery. Well, I’m going to prove him wrong!!

My upcoming ab program will teach you not only the right programs but also how to live healthier and adopt a fitness lifestyle that will aid in reducing your overall body fat percentage for life.

ab exercises for all muscles

Mother of two, photographer, and fitness enthusiast hoping to inspire others to live healthy.

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