Abs and Core Exercises

Attack Your Abs With These Fat-Burning Moves

Shape a six-pack with this selection of old-school, gym-based moves.

Duration 45 min
Exercises 4
Equipment Yes

Technically, you don’t need any equipment to train abs. Your own body weight and some open floor space are all it should take. But that can get old after a while. Not to mention, there are various pieces of gym equipment that are great for making your abdominals work just a bit harder for new gains in strength, shape, and overall core stability. A few of our favorites: a decline bench, a medicine ball, and a Roman chair. These three in particular have been around since the Arnold, Zane, and Draper days, and for good reason.

The following workout isn’t one you’ll be able to do during commercial breaks of your favorite TV show. Sorry. But we’re pretty sure it will be more effective than a typical living room abdominal session. Perform this four-exercise, circuit- style routine two to three days per week, either on its own, after training larger muscle groups, or before or after a cardio session. Combine it with some HIIT and a clean diet (no equipment required) and your abs will be popping in no time.

Perform the following 4 exercises as a circuit, doing one set of each with as little rest as possible between moves. Rest 1–2 minutes between each circuit.


Exercise 1

Decline Bench Situp You'll need: Bench How to
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4 sets
20 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2

Reverse Crunch You'll need: No Equipment How to
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4 sets
15 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3

Weighted Russian Twist You'll need: Swiss Ball, Medicine Ball How to
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4 sets
15 per side reps
-- rest
With medicine ball.

Exercise 4

Hanging Leg Raise You'll need: Pullup Bar How to
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4 sets
30 sec reps
-- rest