Whether you want to tone up your abs for the beach or simply build stronger core stability, the kettlebell standing ab workout is one of the best ways to get it done. Plus, it’s easy to tack the abs-focused movements onto the end of a cardio-focused sweat sesh — or you can do this circuit alone on a day when you need to fit in some extra time for a work out.
Best Kettlebell Ab Exercises of All Time
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a kettlebell in your right hand. Swing the kettlebell up in front of you and then pass it back to your left hand without stopping, repeating in the opposite direction.
Windmills with the Kettlebell Racked Overhead
Unlike traditional core isolation exercises, this exercise challenges your shoulders, hips, and legs to help produce the movement. You’ll also be working the oblique muscles to keep your belly flat as you rotate and shift the weight, and the twisting motion will strengthen your core stabilizing muscles for better control during heavier lifting.
Plank Pull Through With Kettlebell
This is a very dynamic ab exercise that will challenge your anti-flexion and ab compression and anti-rotation strength. Start in a plank position with your feet and torso facing each other and grab the kettlebell with your right hand, drag it to your left side then immediately back to your right.
Single Arm Press With Kettlebell
This is another great ab exercise for strengthening your obliques and training your midline spinal stability as you resist rotation as you push up and sit down. This is especially helpful for those with shoulder problems, since it will force you to resist rotation while pressing upward and downward.