Bodyweight moves are great for developing a foundation of abdominal size and strength – but if you want to sculpt a rock-solid six-pack, you’ll need to start adding resistance. One of the most effective tools for the job is a kettlebell.
Kettlebells are versatile, single-sided moves make you unbalanced so your body has to work harder to keep you stable. Any overhead move, like a windmill, will also require good core strength to stabilise your spine.”
How to do it:
- Do three sets of ten reps for each exercise, resting for 45 seconds between sets and 90 seconds between exercises.
- For single-sided exercises such as the side press, do two sets on each side, alternating sides each set.
- To keep progressing, add a rep to every set each time you train, until you’re doing 15 reps in each set.
- After that, use a heavier kettlebell and go back to doing ten reps.
Why it works:
The moves in this workout will help you develop your anti-rotation abilities, which enable you to resist being pulled out of position. They will also give you a comprehensive abs and core workout, targeting your rectus abdominis (the sheet of muscle that makes up your six-pack), side abs and lower back.
If you’re not using kettlebells in your abs training, you’re missing a trick.