Shortcut to Amazing Abs

For a sleek, chiseled core just add weights! This spot-on mix of weighted cross-body, compound, and isolation exercises carves IFBB bikini pro Talia Terese’s abdominals and burns away stubborn belly fat with every contraction.


Single-arm Cable Toe Touch
Works: Upper and Lower Abs

Lie back with your left arm extended behind you holding a cable handle. Keep your right leg extended and elevated a few inches off of the floor and your left knee bent 90 degrees.

Lift your right leg and simultaneously crunch the cable up until your left hand touches your right shin .

Return your left arm and right leg back to approximately six inches off of the floor. Repeat for two sets of 20 reps on each side.

Dumbbell Leg Raise and Crunch
Works: Upper and Lower Abs

Sit on the side of a bench with your hands grabbing its back edge. Grab a five-pound dumbbell between the arches of both your feet and lean back.

Keeping your knees bent 90 degrees, crunch your legs upward and simultaneously perform a crunch with your upper torso.

Lower your legs until the dumbbell is at or just below bench height, leaning your torso back slightly. Perform two sets of 20 reps.

Dumbbell Torso Twist
Works: Obliques, Core

Start with a wide stance and your knees slightly bent. Hold an eight- or 10-pound dumbbell at chin level with your arms extended straight ahead of you.

Keeping your arms parallel to the floor, and straight, twist to the right, rotating on the ball of your left foot.

Stop rotation when the dumbbell is in line with your right leg. Then repeat the move to your left, rotating on your right foot and bringing dumbbell to your left leg.

Perform two sets of 20 nonstop reps without pausing at the center.

High-cable Side Crunch
Works: Obliques, Serratus

Attach a cable to a high pulley and stand in profile with your right side to the machine.

Reach up with your right hand and grab the cable, still facing sideways. Keeping your elbow slightly bent, crunch down until your elbow is in line with your rib cage.

Return cable to start, keeping elbow slightly bent and arm engaged. Perform two sets of 25 reps on each side.

Kettlebell Pullover
Works: Entire Abdominal Region

Lie on a bench with your legs suspended and your knees bent 90 degrees. Hold a 10- or 15-pound kettlebell over your sternum, with your arms extended and the handle of the kettlebell facing the wall behind you. Lift your head and shoulder blades off the bench.

Extend the kettlebell overhead and simultaneously straighten your legs.

Crunch back inward, drawing your legs back and bringing the kettlebell over your kneecaps. Perform two sets of 15 reps.