Workout Routines

The triple-threat workout to attack your abs from every angle

Hammer your midsection with tri-sets to get a rippling six-pack.

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The triple-threat workout to attack your abs from every angle
JAMES MICHELFELDER
JAMES MICHELFELDER
Duration 45–60
Exercises 9
Equipment Yes

Determined to finally get the rock-hard abs you’ve always wanted? We've got some tips. 

If you’ve committed to the right diet, you’re off to a great start. But you can’t just buy an ab roller and call it a day; and don’t think doing a few sets of crunches will get you there, either. To build a truly rippling midsection, you need to attack it three ways, with front-to-back, side-to-side, and rotational moves like the blistering battery of targeted exercises we have below. 

HOW IT WORKS

Training your abs the way they actually work is what will build them out and expose those hidden lines. So instead of a few cheap sets of situps after your workouts, your new approach will involve twists, turns, squeezes, and holds.

DIRECTIONS

Use the following trisets (1, 2 & 3) as finishers to your main workouts for a maximum of three days per week. Never repeat the same triset in a week—rotate between the three. Add or subtract 1-2 sets based on ability. (Start with three, and work up to five.)

 

Triset 1

Exercise 1.

Weighted rope crunch You'll need: Rope Attachment How to
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3 sets
12-15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2.

Hanging Leg Raise You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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3 sets
12-15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3.

Lying windshield wiper How to
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3 sets
12-15 reps
-- rest

Triset 2

Exercise 1.

Swiss Ball V-Up You'll need: Swiss Ball How to
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3 sets
12-15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2.

Bird-dog How to
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3 sets
12-15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3.

Pallof Press You'll need: Elastic Band How to
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3 sets
12-15 reps
-- rest

Triset 3

Exercise 1.

Seated Knee Tuck You'll need: Bench How to
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3 sets
12-15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2.

Rollout You'll need: Swiss Ball How to
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3 sets
12-15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3.

Star plank You'll need: No Equipment How to
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3 sets
12-15 reps
-- rest
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