kettlebell abdominal exercises are a great way to target your obliques and hips. They also help you burn fat and build muscle. However, to spot reduce fat in your abdomen, you need to focus on larger compound kettlebell movements that are more effective for burning calories.
The horizontal row is an effective abdominal exercise that can be performed with one kettlebell, which is especially beneficial for building up back strength and rhomboids (back muscles) in the shoulders. During the movement, you need to brace your core, says Duncan, and push your torso forward while pushing the kettlebell off of the floor.
Kettlebell Ab Circuit: Workout for a Stronger Core
Wood chops are another abdominal exercise that uses a kettlebell. This move is especially effective for the obliques because it requires you to keep your lower body stable while bending forward.
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hold a kettlebell at your side. Squat down and grab the handle with both hands, with your shoulders back and chest up, tipping the kettlebell towards your shins.
Press the kettlebell into the air over your chest, locking out your right arm. Sit up and brace your core.
Slowly lower your back down and repeat.
Single arm side load march
Similar to a single arm pull through, this anti-lateral flexion exercise will build strength in the core and strengthen your balance. You can perform 10-20 marches per side, alternating between the sides you have the bell on. This is a great way to progress your abs as you can increase the weight of the kettlebell as you progress.