By now the majority of us know that a lean, toned stomach or six pack abs takes a lot more than just a bunch of abdominal workouts.
The consistent combination of varying intensities of cardio, total body strength training, and a clean and healthy diet, is key to losing the fat that resides over the ab muscles.
With that said, abs workouts – especially fast, focused and to the point ones like this one – are important for strengthening the core so that you have the strength and body integrity to do those super-effective HIIT cardio and strength training workouts (not to mention simple daily living activities), without injury. Adding this abs and obliques workout will help you further tone your stomach, as well as burn off a few extra calories.
This quick work out is less about demanding, super challenging moves, and more about building endurance throughout your core – another very important aspect in avoiding injuries and strains that might otherwise sideline your exercise plans.
One last note, a lot of the exercises in this routine engage far more than just your core, which is a great thing! For many of these exercises, you will also feel your glutes, thighs, arms, chest, and shoulders – just to name a few of the secondary muscle groups involved – working.
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Standard crunches – 30 seconds
Oblique crunches – 30 seconds
V-Ups – 30 seconds
Pulse Ups – 30 seconds
Bicycles – 30 seconds
Vertical Toe Ups – 30 seconds
Russian Twists – 30 seconds
Cross Body Mountain Climbers – 30 seconds
— 30 second rest —
Repeat from beginning!