You've probably heard that getting six-pack abs requires endless crunches or situps. Here's the truth: They don't.

Instead, you're going to want to try some unconventional exercises that work your abs (and, more generally, your core) from new angles. For day 2 of the 12-day 30-Minute Abs Workout Program, we'll keep the same format, but introduce brand-new exercises. This means once again we have three exercises, consisting of three to four sets each, that are guaranteed to shock your core.

One note: This program isn't easy, which is part of why it's only three workouts each week. Keeping a consistent schedule (such as doing these exercises every other day during the work week) will help guarantee results. On the other days of the week, you can do workouts focused on other body parts, or hammer your excess fat with these fat-burning workouts.


Perform the exercises as straight sets, completing all the prescribed sets for an exercise before moving on to the next one.

Use the heaviest weight that allows you to complete all the prescribed repetitions for each set.

For more abs workouts:

Check out 10 workouts to cook off belly fat and expose your abs, the beginner's guide to getting six-pack abs, and the 25 best exercises for your lower abs.

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