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Muscle detailing: The core workout for abs that pop

Carve up your core with these 4 moves.

Fitness model showing off his abs
Marius Bugge
Marius Bugge
Duration 45
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

Slice and dice your core with this hyper-focused abs routine. 

How it works

Your typical program consists of a big, compound exercise or exercises followed by isolation exercise, or exercises. For this particular approach, you're going to chill out on the big lifts and double-down on the smaller ones. Isolation exercises are a great way to hyper-focus and zero in on one particular muscle, as well as tap into smaller, more discreet muscle fibers. 

How to add this workout to your routine

For 2-3 weeks, couple up a large muscle group (legs, back, chest) with a smaller muscle group (shoulders, arms, abs) or a push and a pull. Shoot for 1 day of rest between workouts. Cycle back onto your regular programming after the 2-3 weeks are up. Rest 30 seconds or less between sets.

Watch the video for detailed instructions on how to do the moves, as demonstrated by Eugene Isaev (@eugeneaesthetics), an LA-based certified personal trainer.

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The core-sculpting ab workout

Exercise 1.

Seated Knee Tuck You'll need: Bench How to
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3 sets
20 reps
30 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Alternating Shoulder Taps How to
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3 sets
15 per side reps
30 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Dumbbell Side Bend You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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4 sets
25 per side reps
30 sec. rest

Exercise 4.

Kneeling Cable Crunch You'll need: Adjustable Cable Machine How to
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4 sets
25 reps
30 sec. rest