Workout Routines

Today's Workout 146: The six-pack-sharpening core circuit

This quick-hit routine will blast fat around your midsection and build lean, defined abs.

Man does reverse crunch exercise during ab workout
Duration 30-45
Exercises 5
Equipment Yes

It doesn't matter what time of year it is—your abs can never be too defined. And this high-intensity circuit, which focuses exclusively on your midsection, will go a long way in keeping your core in check.

Incinerate flab and carve your core with back-to-back rounds of elbow-to-hands planks, reverse crunches, crunches, hollow holds, and alternating shoulder taps for a muscle burn you probably haven't experienced in a long time.


You'll do this workout as a circuit, meaning you'll complete each exercise consecutively without rest. Once you've finished all exercises, rest for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat the entire circuit for four to six rounds.

Depending upon your ability, you may shorten or lengthen the rest periods between circuits. You may also complete more or fewer rounds.

For more abs work:

Check out our favorite five essential rules for ripped abs, our 20-minute workout routine to get hard "core" abs, and our six best exercises for six-pack abs.

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Today's Workout 146 The six-pack-sharpening core circuit (do 4-6 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Elbows-to-Hands Plank How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Reverse Crunch You'll need: Resistance Band How to
Reverse Crunch  thumbnail
-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

Crunch You'll need: Swiss Ball How to
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-- sets
10 reps
0 sec. rest
Hold a short pause at the top of each rep.

Exercise 4.

Hollow Hold You'll need: No Equipment How to
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-- sets
To failure reps
0 sec. rest

Exercise 5.

Alternating Shoulder Taps How to
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-- sets
10 reps
30-60 sec. rest