In order to show off your abdominal muscles you must first burn the fat that is hiding them. This can be accomplished with cardio, and simple exercises that work your abdominal region.
Here are some simple moves that you can do at home to get your abs in shape.
The Plank exercise works the abdominal muscles while also working the other core muscles. To perform the plank lay face down, and place your hands and forearms under your chest. Push up forming a bridge with your toes and forearms. Keep your back straight, and do not allow your hips to sag. Hold the exercise until you can no longer maintain a flat bridge. Beginners should start with 10 seconds.
The Vertical Leg Crunch
The vertical leg crunch is another great simple exercise that works the abdominal muscles. Lie on your back with your legs extended upwards, crossing your knees. Tighten your abs so that your shoulder blades rise off of the floor, as if you are reaching your chest towards your feet. Keeping your legs in a fixed position, act as though you are pulling your belly button towards your spine. Return to starting position and do 12 to 16 reps.
The Reverse Crunch
The reverse crunch is a very simple movement, but a great exercise for the abdominal muscles. Lie on your back with your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Contracting your abs, lift your hips off of the floor and reach your feet towards the ceiling. Return to your starting position and do 12 to 16 reps.
The Bicycle Crunch
The bicycle crunch is a super effective abdominal exercise as well. Lie on your back with your hands behind your head. Raise your knees to a 45 degree angle. Bring your left elbow to your right knee while straightening your left leg. Then bring your right elbow to your left knee while straightening your right leg. Do 12 to 16 reps.
These are just four of the many abdominal exercises out there. Keep at it and you will see results soon.