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The Best Barbell-Only Ab Workout

Target your core like never before with this super effective barbell abs workout
Full body barbell workout for muscle growth
Beth Bischoff

101 Best Workouts of All Time is the ultimate answer to the question "What workout should I do?" No matter what equipment you have available, from a fully stocked supergym to a pair of mismatched dumbbells in your garage, or nothing but your body weight alone, you can build muscle, lose fat, and sculpt the physique you've always wanted.

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It’s possible that you have abs already but you just can’t see them. There’s a layer of fat over your six-pack that needs to be burned off before you can get any credit for the muscle beneath. The answer is a workout that burns fat and trains the core, and the routine at right covers both bases.


It’s true that front squats are a leg exercise and overhead presses primarily work the shoulders, but both are also major ab builders. Your core has to work hard to keep you from collapsing forward on the front squat and from bending backward on the overhead press. The suitcase deadlift makes your core brace to prevent you from bending sideways. These moves also double as great metabolism boosters. Because they’re so challenging and recruit so many different muscles, they’ll keep your body recovering for days, and that means you’ll burn more fat at rest.


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