30 Day Ab Challenge – Get Fabulous Abs in 30 Days

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Envious of the gorgeous, shredded abs you see on your fellow gym-goers? Not sure if you’ve ever seen a ripple of muscle on your belly? Those days are over. Your fabulous abs are waiting to be strengthened, toned, and uncovered with the SkinnyMs. 30 Day Ab Challenge.

Tips for success:
1. Drink 2.5 liters of water each day.
2. Give up all sodas, fast food, and junk food.
3. Eat clean by consuming whole foods and fewer processed foods.
4. Toss the refined sugar. Better yet, skip all added sugar and sweeteners for the next 30 days.
5. Eat smaller portions by using salad size plates.

30-Day Ab Challenge

Equipment needed: yoga mat; interval timer (Gymboss app is a free download from your mobile or tablet)

What to Do: Perform 3 circuits of the following ab routine and perform each move for 20 seconds. ( Rest 10 seconds between exercises.) The 30 Day Ab Challenge is designed to hit every angle of the abdominals. Perform the routine below 3 times weekly over the next 30 days. For example, perform the workout on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.


1. Leg Lifts
2. Scissor Kicks
3. Plank
4. Flutter Kicks
5. Reverse Crunch
6. Mason Twist

Leg Lifts

Scissor Kicks


Flutter Kicks

Reverse Crunch

Mason Twist

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71 Comments on "30 Day Ab Challenge – Get Fabulous Abs in 30 Days"

  1. Rachel Boller  July 13, 2012

    These look amazing – I'm definitely giving this a go!  I have a love/hate relationship with ab workouts but I never regret doing them after I'm done.  I'll report back in 30 days!


    • Skinny Ms.  July 13, 2012

      Rachel, GREAT!! Please do let us know how you did. 🙂

  2. Suzannesnyder  July 16, 2012

    Going to start today!

    • Skinny Ms.  July 17, 2012

      YEAH!!! Keep us posted and be sure to take before & after pics. 😀

  3. Kabrumm  July 16, 2012

    Just finished Day 1!  Can't wait to get my other 2 days in this week.  Can already tell it is working!  Thanks for another wonderful workout!!  Love it!

  4. Shonda Knowlton  August 5, 2012

    I am starting this today!  Thanks for the demonstration videos.   So helpful.  I'll let you know how it goes!

    • Skinny Ms.  August 6, 2012

      Shonda, Please do! Can't wait for a progress report! 🙂

  5. Desiree Bartelli  September 6, 2012

    Count me in!!!

    • Skinny Ms.  September 7, 2012

      Desiree, YEAH!!!! Keep us posted. 🙂

  6. Claire  November 3, 2012

    Hi! Is it ok if I do the bicycle crunch instead of the mason twist?

    I did the 1 week ab challenge and I just started this one… I'm sore, but seeing results!


    • Skinny Ms.  November 3, 2012

      Claire, Definitely! The bicycle is also great for obliques. 🙂

  7. jessica  January 7, 2013

    starting today…. got nothing to lose but inches

  8. Skinny Ms.  March 18, 2013

    Erika, Keep us posted on your results! 🙂

  9. tammy  April 23, 2013

    how many do I do of each

    • Skinny Ms.  April 24, 2013

      Tammy, Perform 4 circuits; rest 15 seconds between exercises; rest 15 seconds after each circuit is completed. So, 4 x’s each, one after the other.

  10. sharonv  April 23, 2013

    I am going to try this. I have lots of weight and belly fat to loss.

    • Allie  June 18, 2013

      How'd It Go? Im In The Same Situation.

  11. Nicole Turenne Maher  April 30, 2013

    I'm in! Doing isagenix for weight loss and health and this will be a great workout addition!

  12. Anon.  May 15, 2013

    What do you recommend if I can't do the mason twists or the reverse crunches? I still really want to complete this but it seems a bit daunting

  13. T.Santan.  May 19, 2013

    Okay, so only do this set of exercises for abs for 7 days, then do what for the other three weeks for abs? For me, having a set plan is the only way I can follow through with exercising.

    • T.Santan.  May 19, 2013

      Ah! I just answered my own question. I see the 7 day challenge routines link now! So sorry and thank you!

    • Skinny Ms.  May 20, 2013

      Glad you found the answer. 🙂

  14. Pat Porterfield  May 21, 2013

    well I guess its time for me to buckl up and get down to it. Im not happy with myself as I lost 25 lbs earlier last month BUT put most of it back on. Now is the time to pay the piper, I need to start doing this challange. I do have a question do you have to start in full force or can you adjust it for a few days until you get use to it. Im not sure my body will be able to do it all on the first day, it might go into shock and start laughing at me. Well I hope it works for me

  15. alyssa  May 29, 2013

    god i hope this works!! need to fit in to my grad dress </3

  16. Tina  June 3, 2013

    Thanks for this post. I am going to a wellness holiday with my husband next month so I would love to look a lot smaller than I do know.

    The Mason exercise isn't like the Russian twist?

  17. dazzle999  June 4, 2013

    thanks for this one!
    i made a little mashup video with all the vids from this page and added a timer too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6lnMkkxf8o
    might help out some people like myself..

    • Skinny Ms.  June 5, 2013

      This is so cool, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  18. Lauren B  June 12, 2013

    Witness my Fitness I did the 30 Day Ab Challenge and posted my before and after photos on my Pinterest! Check it out everyone–if I can do it, so can YOU!

    30 Day Ab Challenge Results: http://pinterest.com/laurenblanset/30-day-ab-chal

    xoxo Lauren B

    • Skinny Ms.  June 13, 2013

      WOW…Lauren, You look amazing!!! I love it. This is another testimony of what our challenges can do if you just stick with them. Congratulations!!!!

  19. Mary Willard  June 18, 2013

    Hi Skinny Ms,
    what would a week of exercising look like, for a well-balanced all body workout? Such as a Mon – Sat routine; what muscle groups for which days etc. Would each week look the same or would the exercises alternate each week? There are so many exercises out there and where to start; yikes. I have a treadmill, an older stair-climber & an Exercycle, several weights in free weights & a 7lb medicine ball. Please help me get organized & on the right track.
    Thank You

    • Skinny Ms.  June 20, 2013

      Mary, Sure!

      Here’s an example of how to get started (just be sure to change up your routine about every 4-6 weeks, in order to avoid hitting a plateau).
      Sunday: Cardio/Tricep Workout
      Monday: Brisk Walk/Abs and Lower Body Workouts (quads, hams, calves…glutes will get a workout while working on these muscle groups)
      Tuesday: Biceps/Shoulders Workouts
      Wednesday: Rest/Recovery Day
      Thursday: Cardio/Back and Chest Workouts
      Friday: Brisk Walk/Abs Workout
      Saturday: Cardio

      We have demonstrations of how to correctly perform many exercise on our youtube channel, plus some ab routines. http://www.youtube.com/user/skinnyms1 Hope this helped!!! 🙂

  20. The small girl  July 8, 2013

    Just started today I hope this works I need to fit into my cheerleader outfit…badly

  21. The small girl  July 9, 2013

    I started yesterday and when I woke up I was supper sore I can feel it working!

  22. Fred  July 14, 2013

    So i'm currently on my 20th day, (just finished todays work out)
    I started doing this along with running 4,3km every second day, and feel so great 🙂
    However I have a few problems,
    1. When doing Scissor Kicksi mostly just feel like its my legs thats getting a work out :O any ideas what i can replace them with
    2. is when i do the exersice where i need to hold my own head up (leg lifts and flutter kicks that sort of thing) i have trouble relaxing my neck, any ideas what i could try to do diffrently.

    And thanks again for the work out =)

    • Skinny Ms.  July 15, 2013

      Hi Fred, In order to work your abs and not your legs, it’s important to:
      Put your hands under your butt for support.
      Raise your upper body off the ground as much as possible.
      Keep you head and neck stable and don’t bounce around.

      I personally do this workout and I completely feel it in my abs, not legs. Try changing the speed at which you do the kicks, go slow, then fast, repeat. I highly recommend watching the video in this post https://skinnyms.com/awesome-abs-challenge/. He does a great job demonstrating how to correctly do the scissor kicks. Let me know if you have more questions. 🙂

  23. Terri  July 15, 2013

    Has any one done this completely and seen results? I just finished my first day and it was intense! It would help me stay inspired if it worked for anyone else though. 🙂

    • Skinny Ms.  July 16, 2013

      Terri, We have received a lot of positive feedback from those who have completed the challenge.

  24. Lisa  August 16, 2013

    does anyone have before and after pictures

    • Angie  August 27, 2013

      Ditto – I'd love to see some before/after 30 days. Wondering if it is worth it and would love some positive results to spur me on.

  25. salma  September 11, 2013

    I started working out one week ago. I do 20 minutes of cardio then I do 6 sets of 15 for abs. 3 sets of 30 for back. 3 sets of 15 for arms and 3 sets of 15 for abs again. I use the abs machines at the gym. what do you think works better using the machines or actually doing some of the exercises without the machines?

    I feel like my legs are getting thinner which I like but I still don't see any major improvement on my abs. I have stopped eating too much junk food and started a healthy diet. what can I do. please help.

    • Skinny Ms.  September 12, 2013

      Salma, I definitely think without the machines. Machines have their place but are less effective and increase the likelihood of injury.

    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      I would suggest increasing the cardio time for weight loss around the abs, not just toning and strengthening.

  26. Autumn Ortiz  October 14, 2013

    I just came across this website 30 minutes ago. I was looking for something challenging and so far, this routine seems like it'll be legit. I'm going to start in about an hour,

  27. Vee  October 23, 2013

    I m going to do the challenge starting tomorrow. I will post my before/after after I am done. I will be also doing 100 squats per day.

    • Skinny Ms.  October 24, 2013

      Vee, YEAH!!! I’m so excited for you. I just started this same challenge. I’ve done it several times before…very effective. Can’t wait for your before and afters. 🙂

  28. Heather Seibert  December 29, 2013

    I am on my 12 day and have stretch marks on my belly!! Its getting stronger thanks have alot more to go but going to not give up and so excited! I wanna mabe have a baby needto lose 25lbs wish me luck!!

    • GaleCompton  December 30, 2013

      Heather, YEAH!!! I'm so excited for you. Best of luck and keep us posted. 🙂

  29. Kim  January 9, 2014

    Thank you for putting this together with the demonstration videos. Makes it so much easier to have a plan. Today is Day 1…will check back in 30 days. I guess I should suck it up and take a before picture. Been avoiding it because pictures don't lie.

  30. Richa  February 23, 2014

    Okay! I am going to start this from tomorrow morning.. I am gonna get my sexy abs in 2 months for sure..

    Thanks. Wish me Luck Skinny Ms. 🙂

    • SkinnyMs  February 27, 2014

      Good luck:)!

  31. Cass  February 26, 2014

    I am trying to tone up within the next 2 weeks. Not looking to lose weight, i just need some tone-age in my lower abs (lose the pooch) I have been doing this routine DAILY for about 5 days. Just wondering if doing it every day will work effectively. Any suggestions? Should i switch my routine up ( i'd like to work out every day if possible) I really enjoy this workout- it is very simple and feels great!

    • SkinnyMs  February 27, 2014

      That's great! You can follow this workout everyday if you like for strong abs. You don't have to switch it up.

  32. Cass  February 28, 2014

    Thank you! Seeing progress already! 🙂

  33. katrina  June 15, 2014

    thanks for the video, it really help. can i get the abs if i were only to do the abs challenge? some people say there is no targeted work out. i actually have started like 2 month ago.. but not with this 30 days abs challenge.. i see some different tho.. from 29.5 to 28 inch now and see some curves too but still not what i expect..

  34. Alesha  January 7, 2016

    Hi. I am going to start on this today. Lets see what happens in 30 days

  35. Sonali  March 11, 2016

    I m giving this a go …. Felt to do it right now …. Will give u report after 30 days …

    • Gale Compton  March 11, 2016

      Sonali, Great! Be sure to take before and after photos.

  36. Lorenze guerra  April 1, 2016

    What if i decided to do it everyday? Will it be bad or good?

    • SkinnyMs.  April 1, 2016

      You can increase the number of workouts each week, but if you are feeling muscle fatigue, it is best to take a day off and allow your muscles to repair themselves and get stronger.

  37. SoTony  April 28, 2016

    Hey there, never had a big belly… Was just dying to have abs,few days in and my belly seems to have grown bigger, I see the results only when I contract my muscles. My question, is this normal? Would it get firm eventually? Have I made a mistake? Would it revert to normal if I quit?

  38. Rita E Nye  January 23, 2018

    Do we get to choose which video to go by for 30 day is there a new video weekly as we move through the Month?

    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2018

      Rita, These are the exercises:

      1. Leg Lifts
      2. Scissor Kicks
      3. Plank
      4. Flutter Kicks
      5. Reverse Crunch
      6. Mason Twist

  39. Amyra  May 26, 2018

    Hi, just wondering if we can lose the belly fat by this workout if we can’t cut completely on sugar and oil? Is it still possible to at least lose 2-4 inches in 30 days if one of your meal is moderately oily? Because I don’t have any other option 🙁

    • Gale Compton  May 26, 2018

      Amy, It’s true, abs are made in the kitchen. What we eat has just as much impact on abs as does the workouts, if not more. Our recipes are healthy options to most traditional recipes. Check them out and find tons of delicious ab friendly recipes. 🙂


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