Workout Routines

Today's Workout 15: The circuit to chisel your abs

Carve out some definition with these three fat-burning, muscle-building moves.

Man does reverse crunch exercise during ab workout
Duration 30-45
Exercises 3
Equipment Yes

Even though ripped abs seem to be everywhere these days—your favorite action stars, bodybuilders, your neighborhood gym—a shredded six-pack can seem pretty much impossible to obtain for yourself.

Take it from us, though: If you know where to look and what to do, a set of impressive abdominals isn't that far out of reach. This fat-blasting, core-focused circuit is a great place to get started. It'll burn serious calories—key for stripping away fat all over your body—and train up your rectus abdominus muscle with a range of challenging exericses.

To fire things off, you'll start by adding weight to the situps, which means your abdominals will be getting double the benefit for just an extra bit of effort. Reverse crunches will target your obliques, while a set of alternating shoulder taps will give you a muscle-burning core finisher.


You'll do this workout as a circuit, meaning you'll do each exercise consecutively without rest. Once you've completed all exercises, rest for 30 seconds. Repeat the whole circuit for 5-10 rounds.

Depending on your ability, you may shorten or lengthen the rest period. You may also complete more or fewer rounds.

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Today's Workout 15 The circuit to chisel your abs (do 5-10 rounds)

Exercise 1.

Weighted Situp You'll need: Weight Plates How to
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-- sets
10 reps
-- rest
Hold a dumbbell and keep your arms extended as you do each rep.

Exercise 2.

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

Exercise 3.

Alternating Shoulder Taps How to
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-- sets
10 reps
-- rest