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The 20 Minutes to Hard ‘Core’ Abs Workout Routine

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

Workout III


Exercise 1: Plank Mountain Climber

Sets: 3 Reps: 20 on each side

Get into pushup position and lower your elbows to the floor so your forearms are flat. Draw one knee up to your elbow, and then drive it back quickly, pulling the other knee up to the opposite elbow.


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.


Exercise 3: Dumbbell Russian Twist

Sets: 3 Reps: 20 on each side

Grab a medicine ball, dumbbell, or weight plate and sit on the floor with your feet raised slightly above the floor. Hold the weight straight out in front of you and keep your back straight (your torso should be about 45 degrees from the floor). Explosively twist your torso as far as you can to the right, and then the left.

Read more: Workout IV

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