Staying fit is something that I have prioritized a lot recently – more than previous years. However, with a busy schedule, I found it difficult for me to go to the gym as often as I would like. This is what made me get into home workouts because they still get the job done (for me at least) and I work at my own pace. I am going to share with you my home ab workout routine and tell you about the 100 squat challenge that I did!
First off, I would like to mention that I love a challenge and this was one that I have never tried before. There are a few different variations of the 100 squat challenge. Some people start with a smaller amount and gradually increase the squats to 100 each day, but in my case, I started with 100 and kept going that way.
100 Squats A Day for 100 Days
I started my squat challenge on February 15th and I finished a couple of days ago on May 25th. It’s crazy because I actually can’t believe that I am finally done with them. I formed a habit of having to do 100 squats each day!
To be 100% honest with you all, I think I only missed 2 days MAX out of the 100 where I didn’t do my squats. That was simply because it was such a busy day that I was too exhausted or whatever the case might have been. However, I did make up for them the following day with 200 – which was a bit more brutal.
The first couple of days or so of doing the 100 squat challenge were actually easier than expected and then it got harder which was strange for me. I think the soreness kicked and instead of breaking them up into 25 squats x 4, I was doing more of them at one time. Eventually, I was able to do about 80 squats at once and then I would push through for the extra 20 since it wasn’t much.
Overall, I would say that they did get easier to do and it is something that you have to motivate yourself to do. It didn’t take me long to do the 100 squats each day – I would say about 5-10 minutes depending on if I took any breaks.
The before and after results are below and while it may be hard to see in the pictures, I definitely do feel a difference. My quads definitely got a bit stronger and my butt did get a bit more toned!
Before/After Side View:
Before/After Back View:
My Home Ab Workout Routine
One of the things you may know about me is that I was a cheerleader for about 4 years and during that time I never worked out – aside from what we did at practice. This kept me fit and developed my muscles. Once I stopped cheering, reality kicked in and I realized that I had to actually continue working out to keep my form.
This workout lasts 10 minutes because like I said earlier, I don’t have a lot of time on my hands. Believe it or not, it is effective for just a 10 minutes exercise. Days when I have more time, I will usually do between 2 and 4 repetitions of each exercise in order to increase the difficulty and burn more calories.
I do each workout below for 45 seconds as my home ab workout routine which is an idea that I got from Fitness Blenders.
- Flutter Kicks
- Pulse Crunches
- Russian Twists
- Toe Touch Crunches
- Alternating Jackknives
- Toe Tap Crunches
- Side Plank Toe Touch – Left
- Mini Scissor Kicks
- Side Plank Toe Touch – RIght
- Knee Tuck Crunches
Usually, there are different variations of each exercise and ways to make it easier or more difficult depending on your fitness level. I switch it up a lot depending on what I am looking for.
This has been my latest ab workout routine, chances are that I might switch it up in the near future so I might do an updated version of it later on.
Have you done the 100 squat challenge before or have a favorite home ab workout routine of your own? Let me know in the comments!