If you’re looking for how to burn belly fat and have a desire for ripped abs, you’ve come to the right place.
You can’t strictly target the fat loss from any specific place on your body — when you lose fat, you lose it from all over.
However, by attempting to burn your belly fat, you will tighten up your ab muscles and give the appearance of being slimmer.
Over time, as you do burn off your belly fat, your abs — as long as you’ve worked on them like with the belly-busting ab exercising in this guide — will start to become more and more defined.
Besides just strengthening your core, these ab exercises will make your workouts interesting.
It’s important to keep your workouts enjoyable after all. Workout your abs at home, at the gym or wherever you can just keep your workouts fun.
You might hear the phrase ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ which is true to some extent but you also need to incorporate exercise and core strengthening exercises to enhance your abs.
Abs are made through hard work and are revealed in the kitchen.
Don’t get discouraged if it takes some time to get where you’d like to be, there isn’t a quick fix to gain abs, you need to be consistent and determined, with everything, this will take hard work and dedication.
Let’s get started with our most effective fat burning ab exercises.
Find a sturdy chair and sit tall on the edge of the chair while putting your hands on the edge of the chair, double check to ensure your fingers are pointing towards your knees.
While tightening your abs bring your toes 2 to 4 inches off the floor and bring your butt off the chair.
Repeat this exercise for 5 to 10 seconds each up to 1 minute.
Try holding this position for as long as possible.
Tone abdominal muscles by using the boat pose. Sitting with your knees together bend them and lift your feet a little bit off the floor.
Next, reaching your arms forward tighten your abs while lifting your chest. Keep your legs straight and hold this position for up to a minute.
Breathe evenly and keep up the ‘V’ shape!
Pilates Core Plank
When you’re in your Pilates class and you’re holding a plank position try moving from your waist. While you’re keeping your hips still and it’s time to twist, the movement should happen from your bottom rib up. Keeping your abs tight, exhale deeply to protect your lower back and strengthen your abs.
If you are new to the plank, try and hold for 30 seconds. Gradually, over time you will be able to hold yourself up for a couple of minutes.
Keep pushing yourself for more.
Single-Leg Bosu Ball Plank
Using a BOSU ball, place the flat part of the ball on the floor and put your forearms on top of the ball. Set up your legs in plank position and lift one leg off the ground while holding it for at least 30 seconds. Tighten your core and make sure your stomach and hips stay in place. Repeat as many times as you’d like!
This will be difficult if you are not already familiar with the normal plank, you may need to start with the normal plank before you can incorporate the single-leg bosu ball plank.
This ab exercise is quite fun and will work on your midsection simultaneously! Start by hula hoping for a few minutes each day and build up to 15 minutes daily. You’ll strengthen your core and lose inches from your midsection.
Try using a weighted hula hoop (available here) once you’ve mastered hula hooping with a normal hoop. A weighted hoop with help to tone your stomach and will give your body a good workout.
Standing Side Crunch
Stand on a mat with your feet 3-4 feet apart and hands on your hips. Lower into a plie while bending your knees over your toes. As you’re straightening back up, slowly life the right knee towards your right shoulder. When you do the plie again, slowly put your foot on the floor. Try to do 10 reps on each side daily.
Using a bar, load it with 10-pound plates. Kneel on the floor behind it and tighten your abs while rolling the bar forward. Continue to reach out in front of you until your hips feel like they’re going to drop.
Roll yourself back and do it again.
An ab roller will also give the same results, you may find it easier to grip onto and roll forward.
Kneeling on all fours with your toes tucked under and your back in neutral position, draw your belly toward your spine. You’ll be contracting your abs and lifting your knees off the ground during this exercise. Bring your knees all the way to your nose and then kick your right leg straight out.
Squeeze your butt and keep your lower abs tight. To protect your back don’t forget to have your hips face the ground.
Standing with your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees slightly and put your hands flat on the floor.
While keeping your feet in the same place, walk your hands away from your body until you reach plank position. Hold the plank position for a few seconds and then walk your hands back to your feet.
You should be standing again at this point and it’s time to do another rep.
Start with 10 reps and build yourself up to more as you progress.
Reverse Crunch with a Crossed Leg
Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Cross your right ankle on top of your left knee and later you’ll be doing this in reverse as well.
While holding onto a heavyweight or sofa, bring your arms over your head. Lift your legs close to your chest while lifting your lower back and hips off the floor.
Repeat this up to 15 times with each leg.
Advanced Leg Crunches with a Dumbbell
Lie on your back with your knees bent and place a 3 or 5-pound dumbbell between your feet. Put your hand’s palm down under your sitting bones. Concentrating on your abs, bring your knees toward your chest. Do up to 30 reps several times a week.
This is an advanced exercise, for an intermediate version of this try using a gym ball in between the feet.
Swiss Ball Crunch
You’ll need a gym ball for this one.
Place your feet should-width apart and lie back on the ball. Your back should be completely on the ball. Next, place your hands behind your ears and curl your body upwards until you’re sitting up. Repeat 20 more times for a killer ab workout.
Dip/Leg Combo Using a Bar
Head to a dip station at your gym (or get one for the home here) and suspend yourself over the parallel bars while bending your knees slightly.
Next, raise your legs until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
Repeat whilst engaging the core.
Position your body in the ‘V’ position, grab a medicine ball and touch the floor with it to the left and right of the body repeatedly whilst remaining in the ‘V’ position.
This will work the obliques and the strengthen the core.
If you don’t have a medicine ball, use any kind of weight such as a kettlebell, dumbbell or even a filled water bottle.