Workout Routines

4-Move Workout for a Shredded 8-Pack

Add a few more packs to your midsection with this routine — guaranteed to impress this summer.

Abs
Duration 20 min
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

Everyone wants a six-pack, the six bricks that solidify an ego. Don’t be like everyone else, go for eight. That way, if you fall short, you’ll still have at least six. To get to this washboard promised land, you'll need to do giant sets. Yes, giant sets! That means doing four exercises back-to-back, non-stop, with no rest. Once you get through the fourth exercise, take a minute rest and question your existence. If you can handle the pain, here are the four ab-chiseling exercises, followed by my quick, eight-pack abs routine.

Leg Raises 

Lie on a flat bench with your butt placed at the bottom edge. Keeping your legs straight, feet together, and your lower back on the bench, raise your legs straight up until they’re perpendicular to your body. Then slowly lower your legs back down (below the level of the bench). Exhale as the legs come up, inhale as they go down.

Knee-ins 

Sitting upright on the bottom of a bench, grab the bench at your sides, and pull your knees into your body and your upper body into your knees. Think of it as an accordion and blow all the air out when the knees come in.

Crunches 

Lying on the floor, preferably a mat, put you legs up on a bench. Place your hands behind head or fingers behind ears (harder) and crunch straight up towards the ceiling. Big exhale at the top and then come down slow without letting your head touch the ground.

Bar Twists 

Sit at the edge of a bench, holding a bar or broomstick behind your head. Now twist back and forth looking behind you on each rep as you flex the obliques. As you get more comfortable, increase your speed. This exercise is the “love handles” worst enemy. Remember to exhale on each rep.

Four exercises (no rest between) equals one giant set. Do three giant sets and take a minute rest in between giant sets. This routine should be performed 3 days a week on an empty stomach.

The Workout

Exercise 1

Leg Raise
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3 sets
25 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2

Knee-ins
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3 sets
25 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3

Crunch You'll need: No Equipment How to
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3 sets
25 reps
-- rest

Exercise 4

Bar Twists
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3 sets
50 reps
-- rest
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