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The 20 Minutes to Hard ‘Core’ Abs Workout Routine

Get a ripped midsection—fast—with this challenging core routine.

Workout II

Exercise 1: Barbell Rollout

Sets: 3 Reps: 12

Load lightweight plates on a barbell and set it on the floor. Hold the bar with both hands about shoulder-width apart and kneel on the floor so the bar is in front of your chest. Keeping your abs braced, roll forward as far as you can until you feel your lower back is about to start sagging. Flex your lats hard and drive back to the starting position.

 

Exercise 2: Cable Wood Chop

Sets: 3 Reps: 12 on each side

Cable Wood Chop

Attach a rope handle to the low pulley of a cable station and back up far enough away from the machine so that there is tension on the cable. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and split your legs, so that one foot is a few feet in front of the other. Rotate your torso diagonally upward until you’re reaching overhead, in a chopping motion. Complete your reps and then repeat on the opposite side.

Load lightweight plates on a barbell and set it on the floor. Hold the bar with both hands about shoulder-width apart and kneel on the floor so the bar is in front of your chest. Keeping your abs braced, roll forward as far as you can until you feel your lower back is about to start sagging. Flex your lats hard and drive back to the starting position.

 

Exercise 3: Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift

Sets: 3 Reps: 20

Hold the dumbbells in front of your thighs with your palms facing you. Bend your hips and then your knees while maintaining the natural arch in your lower back. Lower your torso until you feel you’re about to lose the arch in your lower back. Keep the weights close to your body at all times.

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