If you've reached February and fallen out of love with your grand plan to build a chiseled six-pack ahead of summer - quit beating yourself up. As long as you are eating lean to lower your body fat and mixing in essential core-engaging movement with your fitness regime then you can't be too off track.
No one likes repeating the same workout over and over again and when it comes to abs it might feel like all there is to do is planks, crunches, and sit-ups. While these are listed as some of the best workouts for abs in one of our roundups we also love finding new ways to activate the core.
You can find some more advanced ab exercises in this Kayla Itsines core-burning circuit. Like with most ab workouts this workout doesn't require any equipment but if you do fancy adding in an extra kick, you can find yourself one of the best ab rollers in our guide.
You are guaranteed to really feel your abdominal muscles put to work during this session but the benefits of building a strong core are manifold. While many people enjoy the visual results, strength in your core will also help to: maintain good posture, prevent injury, relieve lower back pain and improve overall athletic performance.
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Itsines performs this workout on a mat and it's worthwhile grabbing yourself one of the best yoga mats to support your back as you exercise. You'll perform the first five exercises for 30 seconds each and repeat this four times. Rest for a minute before completing the last two exercises for 30 seconds each for two rounds. You can read the workout script below.
Kayla Itsines is a qualified personal trainer and co-founder of the popular fitness app SWEAT (opens in new tab). Her main goal is to empower people by offering them the practical tools they need to improve their health and fitness.
You can sign up for her various programs but Itsines frequently uploads free workout videos to her Instagram and YouTube where you can find similar videos to the advanced ab circuit above.
Engaging in regular core-strengthening workouts like this can have a real positive impact on other elements of your fitness. For example, this one study published in the PLOS One journal found that consistent core training may help to improve static balance, core endurance, and running economy.
If you fancy intensifying your strength training a bit, you should consider adding a few weights to your workouts. Adding something like one of the best adjustable dumbbell sets will introduce more resistance to your ab workouts.
Jessica is an experienced fitness writer with a passion for running. Her career in journalism began in local news and she holds a Masters in journalism. Jessica has previously written for Runners World, penning news and features on fitness, sportswear and nutrition.
When she isn't writing up news and features for Fit&Well covering topics ranging from muscle building, to yoga, to female health and so on, she will be outdoors somewhere, testing out the latest fitness equipment and accessories to help others find top products for their own fitness journeys. Her testing pairs up nicely with her love for running. She recently branched out to running 10Ks and is trying to improve her time before moving on to larger races. Jessica also enjoys building on her strength in the gym and is a believer in health and wellness beginning in the kitchen. She shares all of this on her running Instagram account @jessrunshere which she uses for accountability and for connecting with like-minded fitness lovers.
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