Workout Routines

The best bodyweight abs workout

Strengthen your core and make your abs pop with this four-move workout.

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Man Performing Leg Raise on Pullup Bar
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Duration 30
Exercises 4
Equipment X

U.S. troops keep up with their training even when they’re deployed to areas where they have nothing to work out with but the ground beneath them.

If the lack of a gym membership and equipment is the excuse you’ve been using for avoiding workouts, let this plan—designed by a 20-year Marine—set you straight.

How it works

Basic exercises like the leg raise and flutter kick will never die. Partly because they can be done anywhere, but mostly because they work. Unfortunately, they also burn. Working with higher reps and holding uncomfortable positions for time will condition your abs along with your heart, and may toughen you up mentally, too.

Directions

Perform the exercises as a circuit, completing one set of each in sequence without rest. Afterward, rest 60 seconds, and then repeat the circuit once more.

Shred your midsection The best bodyweight abs workout

Exercise 1.

Leg Raise You'll need: Bench How to
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2 sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Arms-High Partial Situp You'll need: No Equipment How to
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2 sets
20 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Flutter Kick You'll need: No Equipment How to
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2 sets
20 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 4.

Star plank You'll need: No Equipment How to
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2 sets
30 sec. reps
60 sec. rest
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