Best Fat-Burning 10 Minute Ab Workout For A Flat Belly

by Charushila Biswas
ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition

If you want a strong core and a flat belly, you do not have to sweat for hours at the gym. You can target your ab muscles and burn some serious calories by performing the 10 minute ab exercise routine at home. No equipment required.

This routine is designed with 15 high-intensity body weight exercises that help shed belly fat and add definition to the body. Sounds like something you’d like to try? Swipe up! 

Best 10 Minute Ab Workout Routine

Before you start with the workouts, make sure you warm up for 10 minutes. Warming up is extremely important to prep your muscles and prevent muscle pulls and injuries. When you are done, start with the following exercises to strengthen your core and burn belly fat.

1. Flutter Kicks

How To Do

  • Lie down on a mat.
  • Place your palms under your hips.
  • Lift your upper back off the floor, and look diagonally up at the ceiling.
  • Lift your legs off the floor.
  • Start moving your legs up and down, one at a time.
  • Do 2 sets of 30 flutter kicks. Take rest for 5 seconds in between the sets. 

2. Crunches

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How To Do 

  • Lie down on a mat and place your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Place your hands behind your head and look diagonally up at the ceiling.
  • Lift your head and neck. This is the starting position.
  • Curl up and crunch to lift your upper back off the floor. Exhale while you do so.
  • Inhale and go back to the starting position.
  • Do 2 sets of 15 reps with 5 seconds of rest between each set. 

3. Crunches With Legs Raised

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How To Do 

  • Lie down on a mat and lift your legs straight up.
  • Extend your hands up toward your legs. This is the starting position.
  • Curl up and try to touch your toes. Exhale while you do so.
  • Inhale and go back to the starting position.
  • Do 2 sets of 12 reps with 5 seconds of rest between each set. 

4. Bicycle Crunch

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How To Do

  • Lie down on a mat. Place your feet flat on the floor with the legs shoulder-width apart.
  • Place your hands behind your head and lift your head and neck off the floor.
  • Lift your legs off the floor. This is the starting position.
  • Extend your right leg and twist your body to touch the left knee with your right elbow.
  • Come back to the starting position.
  • Straighten your left leg and touch your right knee with the left elbow.
  • Keep breathing as you do this exercise.
  • Do 2 sets of 20 reps with 5 seconds of rest between each set. 

5. Oblique Crunch

How To Do

  • Lie down on a mat, legs close together, knees flexed, and feet flat on the floor.
  • Place your hands behind your head.
  • Twist your lower body to place the legs to your left. This is the starting position.
  • Exhale and crunch up.
  • Inhale and go back to the starting position.
  • Do 10 reps before twisting your lower body to the right side and repeating 10 crunches. This will complete 1 set.
  • Do 2 sets of 10 crunches on each side. Take 5 seconds of rest between each set.

6. Reverse Crunch

How To Do 

  • Lie down on a mat, legs close together, knees flexed, and feet flat on the floor.
  • Place your hands on the sides, palms facing the floor.
  • Lift your legs off the floor without extending them. This is the starting position.
  • Lift your hips off the floor (like a ‘hop’).
  • Come back to the starting position.
  • Do 2 sets of 15 reps with 5 seconds of rest between the sets. 

7. Mountain Climbers

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How To Do

  • Get on all fours. Make sure your elbows are directly under the shoulders.
  • Extend your legs back and get into a plank position.
  • Flex your right knee and bring it close to your chest.
  • Place your right foot back, hop, and flex your left knee and bring it close to your chest.
  • Place your left leg back, hop, and flex your right knee and bring it close to your chest.
  • Do this at a faster pace.
  • Do 2 sets of 25 reps with 5 seconds of rest between the sets. 

8. V-Ups

How To Do

  • Lie down on a mat, hands extended overhead, and legs close together. This is the starting position.
  • Lift your legs off the floor (do not flex). Simultaneously, lift your upper body off the floor and try to touch your feet with your hands.
  • Inhale and go back to the starting position.
  • Do 2 sets of 12 reps with 5 seconds of rest between the sets. 

9. Russian Twists

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How To Do 

  • Sit on a mat, legs close together, and knees flexed.
  • Place your heels on the floor (to increase the difficulty, lift your feet off the floor).
  • Lean back a little and engage your core.
  • Twist your upper body to the right and to the left.
  • Touch the floor with your fingertips, if possible.
  • Do this at a fast pace to target the oblique muscles present at the sides of your belly.
  • Do 2 sets of 30 reps with 5 seconds of rest between the sets. 

10. Elbow Plank

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How To Do 

  • Elbow plank is a great exercise to activate the core muscles and strengthen them. To do it correctly, get on all fours.
  • Make sure your elbows are directly under the shoulders. This helps prevent injuries.
  • Extend your legs behind. Do not pike up or curve your lower back.
  • Your spine should be in a straight line.
  • Hold this pose for 30-60 seconds.
  • Do 2 sets of a 60-second plank hold or 4 sets of 30-second plank hold. Take 5 seconds of rest between each set. 

11. Plank Jacks

How To Do 

  • Get in a high plank position. This is the starting position.
  • Hop and place your feet more than shoulder-width apart.
  • Hop and place the legs back in the starting position.
  • Do 2 sets of 20 plank jacks with 5 seconds of rest between each set. 

12. Side Plank

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How To Do 

  • Sit on a mat with your right side against the floor, left leg on the right leg.
  • Position your right elbow directly below your right shoulder. Place your left hand on your waist.
  • Lift your body off the floor.
  • Hold this position for 30-60 seconds.
  • Do the same on the other side as well.
  • Do 2 sets of a 60-second plank hold or 4 sets of a 30-second plank hold. Take 5 seconds of rest between each set. 

13. Superman Plank

How To Do 

  • Get in a high plank position.
  • Lift your right leg and left hand off the floor. Keep your arm and leg extended.
  • Place them back in the starting position.
  • Lift your left leg and right hand off the floor.
  • This completes one rep.
  • Do 2 sets of 12 reps with 5 seconds of rest between each set. 

14. Hollow Body Rock

How To Do 

  • Sit on a mat and extend your legs to the front.
  • Lean back and to balance your body, extend your hands in front of you.
  • In the same position, rock up and down, with your core being the fulcrum.
  • Do not keep your heels on the floor.
  • Do 2 sets of 12 reps with 5 seconds of rest between the sets. 

15. Dead Bug

How To Do 

  • Lie down on the floor, hands by the sides, and knees flexed.
  • Lift your legs off the floor. Extend your hands up towards the ceiling. This is the starting position.
  • Simultaneously extend your right leg down and left hand overhead.
  • Bring them back to the starting position.
  • Extend your left leg down and right hand overhead.
  • Do 2 sets of 12 reps with 5 seconds of rest between the sets.

Tip – After you are done with the 10 minute ab workout, do not forget to do cool-down stretches. You can use a foam roller or just a medicine ball and lie on it to stretch your core muscles. 

Conclusion

There you have it! The best 10 minute ab fat blasting workout routine that will help burn calories and target the core muscles to strengthen them and make you fit. Do these every alternate day with regular workouts on other days, stay hydrated, eat healthy foods, and sleep well. You will improve your core strength and start seeing a difference in your body tone in a matter of a few weeks. Happy exercising!

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

Does a 10 minute ab workout routine work?

Yes, the 10 minute ab workout routine can help you burn not only belly fat but also improve core strength. By doing these exercises, you will be able to perform other exercises easily.

How many calories do you burn in a 10 minute ab workout?

Dependingon your current weight and intensity of the exercise, you will burn anywhere between 100-300 calories by performing the 10 minute ab workout routine.

Should I work my abs everyday?

No. Work on them every alternate day. Your core muscles also need rest and time to rejuvenate. Doing these exercises every day may lead to muscle pull and injuries.

What is the most intense ab workout?

There are many intense ab workouts. Hanging ab curls, high-intensity mountain climbers, crunches, leg-up crunches, etc. are all effective and intense ab workouts. Try to do ab exercises at a higher intensity.

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Charushila Biswas

Charushila Biswas is a Senior Content Writer and an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition. She is an alumni of VIT University, Vellore and has worked on transgenic wheat as a part of her Masters dissertation from NRCPB (IARI), New Delhi. After completing her Masters, she developed a passion for nutrition and fitness, which are closely related to human psychology. This prompted her to author a review article in 2015. She has written over 200 articles on Fitness and Nutrition. In her leisure time, Charushila loves to cook and enjoys mobile photography.
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