The abs with kettlebells is a great way to build strong abs and improve overall core strength. The movement works nearly every muscle in your body, and it’s fun to do!
Start in a high plank position with wrists under shoulders and a heavy kettlebell placed next to your left hand. Maintaining this form, reach right hand beneath your torso to grab the kettlebell on your left side and pull it over to the right side with your core engaged. Return left hand to the floor, and repeat on the other side. Complete 2 sets of 8 to 10 reps on each side.
Best Exercises for Your Kettlebell Ab Workout
1-handed kettlebell swings
In addition to the standard two-handed swing, you can also perform a one-handed swing to increase the challenge. The abs are forced to react differently when the kettlebell is held on only one side of your body, so you’ll be using your core more and focusing on improving your posture.
Swings from between your legs
The most effective way to improve your abs and build a strong core is to do the kettlebell swing from between your legs. You’ll need a kettlebell that’s lighter than your actual weight, but you can easily make it more difficult by adding extra weight to the bell and bending at the hips during the movement.
Hinge forward from your hips, grip the handle of the kettlebell with one hand, and drive through your heels to propel the bell up into the air. You can then use your arms to guide the bell up, but don’t use your hands to drive it up or help you keep the weight steady in the air.