Before you go ditching all other workouts in favor of abs-only routines, know that spot training your abs is impossible. "Sure, a guy performing two million hanging leg raises will undoubtedly build great abdominal strength, but if that same guy eats pizza and drinks beer every weekend then those abs will continue to hide under a nice layer of fat," says Mike Krajewski, PT, CSCS, owner of MK Fitness in Nashville, TN. What's more, you need to train your entire body to get rid of stubborn fat—not just your mid-section.
The full-body exercises on the following slides, provided by Krajewski, are great for beginners and seasoned pros alike. A good portion of these moves are advanced, perfect for veteran gym-goers looking to add the finishing touches on their physique. But, there are easier alternatives to the truly tough ones so start with those if you're newer to the fitness game.
Combing the killer core and cardio exercises will help you to effectively shed fat, build core strength, and define your abdominals. Add one or more into your regular routine a few times a week.
Just remember: "Without pairing your strength and conditioning program with a healthy nutritional regimen, you'll constantly be fighting an uphill battle," Krajewski says.