In this workout we tackle the core from every angle - front, sides, and back - for an incredibly comprehensive workout that will have you sweating your way to the "Workout Complete" screen and likely sore the next day.
Even if you're only looking for a six pack or a leaner, more toned midsection, it's incredibly important that you develop well rounded strength within your core. Doing tons of repetitions of exercises that only target the abs will lead to imbalanced strength that can lead to postural issues, as well as an increased likelihood of avoidable injuries. That's why this workout is so varied and so well engages all of the complimentary muscles of your torso.
Start off with a core specific warm up, then move into back to back core exercises done in intervals of 50 seconds with just 10 seconds of rest in between. These are long active intervals, so feel free to take extra breaks if and when you need to - just keep the breaks as short as you possibly can. There are 5 groups of exercises that you'll do twice each, in an ABAB format. There is a cool down and stretch included in this video; do not skip it. You won't need any equipment other than an optional exercise mat.
Printable Abs Workout
Warm Up (30 Seconds Each)
Warrior Lunge & Stretch
Extension & Flexion
Toe Touch Kicks
Standing Side Crunch
Side Crunch Left
Side Crunch Right
Flutter Kick Toe Touch Cross
Side Hip Raises Left
Side Hip Raises Right
Cool Down & Stretch
How often can I do this workout? Can you work abs every day?
We recommend doing this workout 2-3 times a week. Despite what some sources say, the abdominals are muscles like any other, and do need some time to rest and recoup after a good workout; you should not do abs workouts every day.
Does this workout burn belly fat? What's the best way to lose belly fat and get a toned stomach or six pack?
Routines like this one are great for strengthening the core but typically these exercises are not huge calorie burners, and so are not the best option for actually burning off belly fat. The best way to lose belly fat is to do a combination of total body strength training, and carious types of cardio - particularly high intensity interval training, along with core exercises and a healthy, nutrient dense diet made up of real, whole foods. Watch: The best way to lose belly fat + the truth about six pack abs
Did you make it all the way through this core burnout? Which intervals did you find the most difficult?