I don’t share a ton of ab-exclusive content, mostly because I don’t really enjoy doing ab exercises that often.
I totally get that they’re important, though, and I know that a lot of people are looking for ways to work their abs.
If you’re part of this group and you want to do more ab-focused exercises, I’m here to save you from doing a million crunches or holding a plank for an hour.
There are better ways to get stronger, more defined abs. Start by incorporating these three unconventional, game-changing ab exercises into your workout routine.
I saw megsquats doing these a while ago and I do them now, too. I’m so original.
Anyway, this is a great anti-rotation exercise that shakes up a regular plank.
Focus on keeping your hips level and avoid rocking to the side. Keeping your abs pulled in and your glutes engaged helps a lot with this.
Remember, too, that the wider your feet are spaced when doing this exercise, the easier it will be. The narrower they are, the more challenging it becomes.
These help to strengthen the obliques.
They also improve your grip and are very beneficial to people who want to work on their deadlifts but are held back by their grip strength.
When you’re doing these, avoid letting the weight of the kettlebell pull you to one side.
Resist the weight and move slowly and with control. It’s not a race.
Elevated Bird-Dog Rows
I tried this exercise on a whim one day and I’m now making it a staple in my workouts.
It’s so good for the core and it also works the upper back muscles thanks to the rowing motion.
When you’re doing these, make sure your hips stay level and aren’t shifting to one side.
Pull the abs in and engage the glutes to help with this and make sure all the muscles of your core are working. If you’re just letting your stomach hang out and you’re not maintaining tension, you’re going to tip over pretty quickly.
If this is too challenging, just work on regular bird-dogs on the floor instead.
Game-Changing Ab Exercises Video Breakdown
Need more guidance? Here’s a video demonstrating each of these exercises:
If you’re looking for addition ab exercises to add to your workouts, be sure to give the active plank a try, too. I explain how to do it and what makes it so great in this post.
If you give any (or all) of these exercises a try, please let me know in the comments down below!