standing kettlebell absEverybody wants to have a sculpted six-pack, but that requires targeting specific ab muscles with the right diet and exercise routine. Luckily, there are some unique standing kettlebell abs that can help tone and strengthen your core while working up a sweat.

Stand up with your feet a little wider than shoulder width and hold a light kettlebell in one hand. The light weight will allow you to get into the proper position without causing pain or injury.

Kettlebell Straight Arm Sit

This is a great exercise for developing your abs. It also works on your obliques and is an anti-rotation exercise that will challenge your midline spinal stability.

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Dumbbell Renegade Row

The dumbbell renegade row is a classic plank exercise with a twist – you are using the kettlebell instead of your bodyweight to resist rotation! This is an advanced exercise that will work your abs, obliques, and biceps as well.

Kettlebell Suitcase Carry

This is another great exercise for your abs and obliques. It is similar to the suitcase carry exercise but you are holding a kettlebell with one palm inward.


The “Windmill” is a very effective exercise for your abs and obliques because it requires you to work down the side of your body. It is also a challenging movement for your shoulders and core stabilization because it requires you to maintain the weight steady as you reach down to your foot.

Dumbbell Unilateral Sit Up

The unilateral sit up takes the basic kettlebell sit up to the next level. It is an advanced exercise that challenges you to resist the rotational load caused by the kettlebell as you sit up, which will increase your core strength and anti-rotational core stability.

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