Looking for the Best Ab Workouts for Women?Ready to tighten and define your stomach? Jump In!
Finding an ab workout that will really define and chisel your core can be a challenge! If you have been on the look out for the best ab workouts for women, you have come to the right place. Oxygen Magazine choose me to be the cover model for their Incredible Abs Issue just a few years after the birth my son. Of course it took a lot of hard work and some seriously focused ab workout to get magazine worthy abs! Well, today I am super excited to share with you one of my favorite ab workouts so that you can implement this kind of training into your workout fitness routine.
Here, I have put together an amazing abs workout for women that will target your entire abdominal wall, especially the transverse abdominis...those midsection abs muscles that pulls in your belly like a corset. Better yet, this sexy abs workout does more than just firm your core: you'll feel it and see results in your shoulders, legs, and glutes as well. There is no need to wait until swimsuit season to lose body fat and tighten your abs to start working on a strong core and killer abs. Let’s start building and defining your mid-section now! This is one of my very favorite ab workouts... one that I like to call this one Julie Lohre's Killer Abs. Give it a try in your own plan and let me know how it goes!
Ab Workouts for Women Directions:
Abs Exercise for Women: Plank
**Julie's Pro Tip: Focus on form! Don’t drop your hips or raise your butt. Ab planks are deceptively simple looking but when done properly they can be more effective than situps!
Ab Exercise for Women: Barbell Wipers
**Julie's Pro Tip: DO NOT use a weight bench for the abdominal barbell wiper ab exercise! It is far too easy to actually fall off the bench. Instead, the floor is the best choice. If you find that using straight legs makes this ab exercise too difficult, you can bend at the knees and allow your feet to come closer to your glutes as you complete the ab barbell wipers.
Abs Workout for Women Exercise: Ball Pike Ups
Ball Pike Ups are an advanced ab exercise that is sure to test both your core strength and upper body strength. Begin by bringing a stability ball close to your feet and placing one foot on top of the ball. Then move your hands forward and bring your second foot up on the ball to bring your body to an evaluated plank position. Keeping your core engaged, draw your legs in and upward to bring your hips as close to overhead as possible. With control, return to the initial elevated plank. When you include this specific abs workout for women exercise, you will be strengthening way more than just your core! Complete 10 Ball Pike Ups.
**Julie's Pro Tip: If you are not ready for this full abdominal ball pike up, modify it by bending your knees and drawing them into your chest. You will still be working the core but with less strain on your delts.
The ab ball curl ins are a very advanced ab exercise as you can see in my youtube ab demo video. If you would prefer, instead of maintaining straight legs for the ball pike ups, you can bend your knees and curl in. Doing this advanced ab exercise with bend knees will take a significant amount of pressure off of your upper body and your delts. It is important that as you work through each of the ab exercises, you listen to your body and cut back when you need. The most important thing with all ab exercises is that you tighten your abs or core and engage those ab muscles. As you lose body fat and gain upper body strength, you may find that you can advance to more challenging exercises for abs. I suggest resting 30 seconds between each set for ab curl ins with the stability wall too.
Abs Workout for Women Exercise: Side Plank Pulses
**Julie's Pro Tip: If you have an elbow or wrist injury you may find it helpful to balance on your forearm instead of fully on your palm when you are completing this portion of the abs workout for women.
Abs Workout for Women Exercise: Crossfit Butterfly Sit-up
**Julie's Pro Tip: When you are trying to do these crossfit butterfly setups quickly, there is a tendency to allow your lower back to arch off the floor and use momentum to carry you upwards. Don't do it! That places a strain on your lower back and does not allow your abs to fully engage. To complete this crossfit butterfly sit-up safely, keep your lower back firmly pressed to the ground and sit-up in a controlled manner. Don't compromise form just to get this part of the abs workout for women done quickly!