How to get my abs in shape without using any machine work outs, following only home based work outs?

There are plenty of articles online discussing abs, which also point to using machines or weights ..

I wonder, exercises like planks, sit ups & so on for my abs.

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    Do your research... Most ab machines aren't even worth doing. Waste of time. There are hundreds of body weight and home exercises you can do without any weights or equipment at all...
    – Twyxz
    Jul 15, 2019 at 13:46
  • @Twyxz , thank you .. that is exactly i am looking for .. without using the machines.. from home.. what i can do to improve my abs ..
    – goofyui
    Jul 15, 2019 at 14:14
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    if you even searched "Home ab workout" and actually did it consistently with high quality execution. Alongside a good diet, your abs will develop.
    – Twyxz
    Jul 16, 2019 at 8:25
  • While it's not 100% true that "Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym," since it does take exercise, most people need pretty low body fat to make their abs visible, and that's difficult to do without caloric reduction.
    – Sean Duggan
    Jul 18, 2019 at 21:15
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    Try looking (googling) at the ab-routines in P90X and X3, those are great, consists of approximately 8 different routines none of the involving any equipment. The X3 version is a bit more “modern” not relaying too much on sit-ups (which is considered a bit old school by now).
    – ssn
    Jul 25, 2019 at 22:10

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I agree with Jwrecker, and I would add hollow body holds to that. Also, it's really essential to focus on contracting your abs, as you may find yourself initiating the movement with your hip flexors if you don't pay close attention.

On a broader note, abs are 90% diet and 10% ab training -- it doesn't really matter how much muscle you have if you can't see it. If you want to get abs, it's really key to eat less and do a high amount of high intensity exercise like resistance & power training to maintain a caloric deficit and therefore reduce your bodyfat %. Good luck!

  • Thank you @Tyler .. i cant imagine 90% diet .. , but anyways.. i will go with it :)
    – goofyui
    Jul 22, 2019 at 0:53
  • Of course, everything has to be taken into account, but generally if you're not at a low bodyfat % then it's pretty difficult to get defined abs even with good training. (as a side note, my abs started developing after I lost some weight, which I owe to eating a leaner diet)
    – user31548
    Jul 22, 2019 at 1:08
  • that makes sense.. i will watch.. what i am gonna eat .. , what it tells me that i cant eat anything that tastes good .. sad , but thats okay
    – goofyui
    Jul 22, 2019 at 1:21
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    @SelfOptimizationNerd it's easy to get defined abs without diet. It's hard to see them, however, without diet. :)
    – JohnP
    Jul 22, 2019 at 1:39

the best way to improve your abs at home doesn't necessarily exist, there probably isn't one sure way. However, I try to do a variety of ab exercises that use no equipment other than your body. Sit-ups, Crunches, V-ups, Leg Lifts, and more, but make sure to use a variety to work out all of the abs and you can get that 6-pack you want.

  • Thank you @Jwrecker.. and welcome to stackoverflow :)
    – goofyui
    Jul 18, 2019 at 20:17

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