Abs and Core Exercises

Straight-Up Ab Blast Workout

Work these novel midsection moves into your program to sculpt a better six-pack.

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Straight-Up Ab Blast Workout
Duration 1 day
Exercises 4
Equipment X

Assuming proper form is being practiced, there’s nothing inherently wrong with traditional crunches, situps, and knee raises. But these standard moves yield relatively modest results. To carve out a midsection that will distinguish you from the masses, you need to train differently than they do—and we’ve got just the routine to help you.

Maximum Ab Development

Three of its four exercises target the lower abs directly via movement of the lower body while the upper body remains stationary. Since the bottom portion of the six-pack is typically the toughest to bring out, we’ll put a little more focus into developing that area. This workout wasn’t designed to be an afterthought that can be thrown in at the end of any chest or back workout.

The abs are just as important as any body part—and perhaps more important when you consider that all athletic movements stem from the core—so they should be trained as such. There are 16 total sets in the routine to provide both high volume for maximum abdominal development and variety for a much needed spark to those often-pesky lower six-pack muscles.

Ab Workout

Exercise 1

Cliffhanger You'll need: Bench How to
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4 sets
25 reps
-- rest

Exercise 2

Scorpion Tail You'll need: Dip Station How to
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4 sets
10 reps
-- rest

Exercise 3

Dip Bar Knee Raise
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4 sets
25 reps
-- rest

Exercise 4

Flutter Kick How to
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4 sets
20 reps
-- rest
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