Ab & Core Home Workout

This post may include affiliate links.

This Ab & Core Home Workout will strengthen and tighten your back and abdominal muscles. The core musculature is responsible for bending & twisting, supporting the spine, protecting your organs and keeping you upright. In other words, having a strong core is extremely important!

What makes this Ab & Core Workout even better is that it can be completed from just about anywhere. Being able to workout from home makes it easier than ever to stay on track!

Many different exercises inadvertently work your core (squats, dead-lifts, push-ups, etc…) but having a dedicated core routine will help you to reach your fitness goals faster. A strong core will also reduce the risk of injury while working out but also while performing everyday movements.

core workout

The Ab & Core Home Workout

Equipment needed: One dumbbell, approximately 3 to 5 pounds.

What to do: Complete 15 repetitions of each exercise below. The number of rounds will depend on your fitness level as indicated below. To get the best results, it is recommended that you work your core three times weekly and maintain a clean eating lifestyle. We’ve included instructional videos for each exercise below, to ensure that you maintain proper form.

Beginner’s  Level: Complete one round.
Intermediate Level: Complete three rounds.
Advanced Level: Complete five rounds.


1. Side Plank with Hip Lift (15 per side)
2. V-Ups (15 total)
3. Cork Screw (15 per side)
4. Criss Cross (15 per side)
5. Vertical Leg Lift (15 total)
6. Abdominal Twist (15 per side) Grab a dumbbell for more of a challenge!

Watch the instructional videos below for correct form!

Side Plank with Hip Lift


Cork Screw

Criss Cross

Vertical Leg Lift

Abdominal Twist

What did you think of this Ab & Core Home Workout? How do you feel? Did you feel the BURN? Let us know in the comment section, below!

Also, if you enjoyed this ab workout routine, consider trying one of the 10 Best Lower Ab Workouts to Make Your Core Stronger than Ever or step it up and try this 14-Day Blazing Abs & Core Workout!

SkinnyMs. Fitness Challenge:  Take this week to focus on your posture. When you’re eating, watching television, walking or at your desk…be sure to sit up straight and maintain a good posture. After one week, also focus on your posture while performing other activities like cooking, driving, picking up children and other “day-to-day” activities.

Remember, it takes approximately 30 days to form a habit. Having good posture is one habit that you’ll want to keep! Plus, better posture keeps your abs tight, making you look (and feel) slimmer!

Be sure to like our Facebook page and follow us on Pinterest and Instagram to be the first to try out new workouts and view our latest fitness resources.

Editor’s Note: Originally published Jan 9, 2012

free email series

5 Secrets to Transform Your Eating Habits

New tips & recipes to feel & look great!

10 Comments on "Ab & Core Home Workout"

  1. Heather  January 7, 2013

    How many calories would you say this burns? I'm doing a calorie / weight loss tracker and was curious.

    • Skinny Ms.  January 8, 2013

      Heather, We are planning to add a “Calories Burned Calculator” to the site very soon. This will be a big help.

  2. Bethany Devoe  January 25, 2013

    Is this routine okay to do each week or should I change it up?

  3. Bethany Devoe  January 25, 2013

    even if it is only 2-3 times a week?

  4. Skinny Ms. Fitness  January 26, 2013

    Hi Bethany, Yes, you can do this each week. Grace is correct though, you may want to change it up once you start to “fly” through the workout:) For example, on the ab twist, you can increase the weight of the medicine ball. Check out http://www.skinnyms.com for other ab workouts to add, we have LOTS! Have a great day!

  5. Valerie  April 3, 2013

    Great exercises. I always have to modify for neck strain – so always love to hear those modifications.

  6. Ana  September 28, 2015

    How long should I take a break and when it's the right time?

    • SkinnyMs  September 29, 2015

      Take a break of 1-2 minutes between sets.

  7. Bhavna  February 2, 2020

    Where are the videos for this workout?

    • Erin Milller  February 6, 2020

      Hi Bhavna,

      So sorry about that! The instructional videos have been updated and added to the post. Thank you!


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.