A kettlebell may not be the most intuitive piece of equipment to tack on an abs workout but it’s a great way to get your core burning. This workout from Ashton Turner, co-founder of London’s Evolve 353 gym, combines full body movements with ab-focused exercises that work your core from different angles. The result: a core workout that will leave your core muscles sore the day after.
Start your workout with a 5-10 minute dynamic warm-up and then grab a kettlebell that you can handle for the following moves. You can do all of these as part of a total body workout or use this abs kettlebell routine as a standalone workout for your core. Read more ab workouts kettlebell – strongandfit.com
For the first move, get into a plank position with one kettlebell in front of you on your chest. Shift your weight into your left heel, keep your arms and kettlebell arm straight and your core engaged. Then, begin to drag the kettlebell down your right leg toward your knee and then the floor (remembering to always engage your core). Once it’s been extended as far as possible without losing form, reverse the movement back up to the starting position with the kettlebell locked out overhead. That’s one rep; do 10 on each side; then switch sides and repeat.
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For the next move, take your plank to the next level with a kettlebell windmill. Keeping your feet double hip width apart and the kettlebell in both hands, push into the back heel and then raise the top hand. Your core will have to work hard to stabilise the movement and on the way down your shoulders will have to fight the rotation being caused by the long lever of the arm.