5 Best Stomach Exercises For Men At Home – Get a Flat Tummy
Being a member of a local gym can be a great perk for anyone and most guys join a gym with the intention of going 3 or 4 times each week and getting themselves in shape. And most guys even stick to doing that for the first few weeks and then the motivation drops off and they go less and less often and then you just wind up paying for a gym membership that you never use. Every few months you get a new burst of motivation to go and work out in the gym but sooner or later you lose your motivation and all the old “reasons” (which are really excuses) for not going to the gym crop up all over again.
So why not look at working out at home 2 or 3 times per week at least instead? You can do an intense 15 or 20-minute workout at home that can give you that flat stomach you’ve been working towards for years now. In fact doing stomach exercises for men has a lot of health benefits because all that weight you’re carrying around your middle, that spare tyre of fat, makes you a prime candidate for diabetes and heart disease amongst other health problems. To help you get started we’ve put together some of the best stomach exercises for men and these are stomach exercises for men at home who can’t or won’t go to the gym – for whatever reason.
When you’re doing these exercises start off with a goal of doing each one for 30-seconds as part of a circuit, a circuit meaning that you finish one exercise and then immediately move onto the next exercise without a break. If you find yourself struggling then take a short break of 15-seconds between each of these tummy exercises for men and then continue.
#1 The Plank
Kneel down on floor gently and get yourself into a military push up position (no knees on the floor) and from there lower your body weight to rest on elbows and forearms on the floor. Make sure you’re standing on the tips of your toes. Squeeze in your stomach muscles, keep your back straight and hold that position for as long as you can. 30-seconds is the target but if you can only manage 5 that’s fine – just keep upping your target each time.
#2 Mason Twist
Sit on your bum on the floor and raise your knees slightly towards you while keeping your feet flat on the floor. Now take a light weight of about 4Kg – 6Kg and put it to your left-hand side. Lean backwards slight so your back is at an angle to the floor. Now grab your weight and swing and twist your entire upper body to the right-hand side, touch the weight off the floor and swing back to your left-hand side. Repeat this same action for thirty seconds or as long as you can. It’s important to breathe constantly as you’re doing this exercise as holding your breath is going to wear you out a lot more quickly.
#3 Leg Lifts
Lie with your back flat on the floor or on an exercise mat and with your hands either to your side or just underneath your bum with your palms flat to the floor – your legs should also be straight out and flat on the floor also. Now raise your knees to your chest slowly and once you’ve gotten them as close to your chest as possible raise your bum slightly off the floor and push the soles of your feet directly upwards towards the ceiling. Now bring your knees back down towards your chest and extend your legs back out straight while placing your bum back down on the floor. If possible do not let your feet touch the floor at any point during this exercise.
#4 Cycle Crunch
Lie flat on your back with your legs out straight and your hands behind your head cradling it. Now slowly raise your left knee towards your right shoulder and while you’re doing that raise your right shoulder off the ground and push your right elbow towards your right knee – you’ll feel the crunch pretty quickly. Now lower your shoulder and your kneed and swap side to do the same with your right knee and left shoulder to produce a “cycling” motion. Do the cycle crunch slowly and smoothly to get the best workout from it.
#5 Mountain climbers
Kneel down on the floor with your hands flat on the floor underneath you as if you were just about to prop yourself up into a push up. Instead raise your knees off the floor as if you were just about to sprint and bring your right knees up towards your chest in a running motion. Now alternate to perform the same movement with your left knee. The type of motion you’re trying to create is as if you were running in place but bringing your knees up to your chest as you do so – from the side it looks like you’re trying to climb a wall, hence the name.
The 5 flat stomach exercises for men put together in a circuit of 30-second reps are going to give your abs a really good workout but make sure to rest or take a break if it hurts too much. To start off with do these exercises once all the way through for one single circuit and then take a rest day. Then during the next session try to do the entire circuit twice and definitely take a rest day afterwards. Also vary the order you do these exercises in to prevent muscle memory and lessening your muscle gains from the whole experience.