Your ab workout will always be better if you work with a load, just like training for other muscle groups–and for many, the recent (and still ongoing) pandemic provided an opportunity to get into kettlebells. If you’ve been able to get your hands on them, the weights are some of the most versatile implements you can use to build up your body.
But having kettlebells is only half the battle. You need to know how to use them, too–especially if you’re used to a bodyweight core workout filled with nothing but crunches and planks. Trainer Charlee Atkins, C.S.C.S. has you covered with a four-exercise kettlebell routine that blasts your abs and helps to build strength in your core.
You’ll just need one kettlebell and some room to spread out on the floor. You might want to use a mat for your back, too, but you probably already know that if you’ve been training your abs.
Perform each exercise for 45 seconds, then rest for 15 seconds
- Figure 8
- Situp and Press
- Arc Bridge
- Leg Lowers
For a full core-smashing , repeat the series for 4 total rounds. Make sure to keep your spine in a strong, safe throughout–so if you find yourself straining and rounding your back on the first movement, switch to a lighter kettlebell or drop the weight entirely.
Want to learn more moves from Atkins? Check out our series full of her workout tips, Try Her Move. You can also take on her new 30 day challenge in our streaming All Out Studio app, check out her Le Sweat workout app, and follow her on Instagram to find out when she’s hosting live workouts from her living room.