Your animated guide to strength training: Ab workouts with weights

Build core strength with these simple ab workouts.
Published 28 January, 2019

Abs workout at home


It's crunch time!

Crunches engage your ab muscles to build the core strength that prevents injury in so many different activities. 

We've got 3 different crunches for you to try - a basic crunch, plus one that's a bit easier and one that's a bit tougher!

Pick the version that works best for you, then try 1-3 sets of 5-15 reps. 

Whichever one you choose, scroll down to the animations to learn how to perform it.

Then, browse more workouts and fitness tips on our dedicated fitness hub.


Basic crunch


Instructions: Lie on your back with your knees bent and heels on the floor. Place your palms behind your head and spread your elbows out to the sides. Keeping your lower back against the floor, your gaze up, and your neck in line with your spine, engage your core to lift your head and shoulders up toward the ceiling. When you’re as far away from the floor as you can get, pause, then release to the floor with control.


Make it easier


Fancy something a little easier? This version is perfect for beginners. 

Instructions: Wrap your hands around your outer thighs and bend the elbows to help you raise your head, neck, and shoulders off the ground.


Make it harder


Want to push yourself? Try adding some weights into the equation.

Instructions below: Perform the basic movement while holding a light to medium weight against the chest with both hands.