Take on this abs challenge to develop your core in just six minutes

All you need are these six bodyweight moves to build core strength without weights

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Between work, socializing, and sleep, finding time to exercise can be tricky. That's why we love a time-savvy workout like this abs challenge from experienced trainer Jeanette Jenkins which will crush your core in just six minutes. 

Best of all? You don't need any equipment to give it a go for yourself — though we like rolling out one of the best yoga mats (opens in new tab) to save our spine from unforgiving tiled floors. 

The session consists of just six moves, with Jeanette Jenkins (opens in new tab) challenging her 981,000 Instagram followers to perform each one for 30 seconds before moving on to the next exercise. String them together as a circuit with no rest between movements and repeat this two times, taking you to the six-minute finish line. 

Jenkins has more than 30 years of experience as a trainer and health coach, having helped the likes of Pink, Kelly Rowland, and Alicia Keys get in great shape, so you know this abs challenge won't be a walk in the park.

However, it is efficient and effective, so you can get a great workout in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee.  Watch the video below to find out which exercises await you, and learn how to perform each one properly by following Jenkins' demonstrations. 

Watch Jeanette Jenkins' ab workout

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Sifting through Jenkins' selection of ab exercises, you might notice the distinct lack of standard sit-ups. We're not sure about you, but that's music to our ears given how this movement is often overly relied upon. 

Instead, the best abs workouts (opens in new tab) (like this one) find ways to work the whole core, which is made up of several muscles including the rectus abdominis (responsible for the sought-after six-pack aesthetic and spinal flexion), the transverse abdominis (which wraps around your trunk and aids stability), and the obliques (running down the side of your torso, helping with bending side-to-side and rotational movements). 

This workout, while short, is an example of a HIIT workout for fat loss (opens in new tab), using short bursts of intense exercise to spike your heart rate, burn calories, and boost your metabolism (the rate at which your body converts food and drink into energy). You can find out more about this through our in-depth guide: Does metabolism increase with exercise? (opens in new tab)    

Thanks to its minimal time requirement, this session can easily be slipped into your existing fitness routine. It's especially useful as a finisher after a resistance training session. So, why not try this chest and back workout (opens in new tab), or give our pick of the best leg workouts (opens in new tab) a go, before taking Jenkins' abs challenge on?

Harry Bullmore is a fitness writer covering everything from reviews to features for LiveScience, T3, TechRadar, Fit&Well and more. So, whether you’re looking for a new fitness tracker or wondering how to shave seconds off your 5K PB, chances are he’s written something to help you improve your training.


When not writing, he’s most likely to be found experimenting with a wide variety of training methods in his home gym or trying to exhaust his ever-energetic puppy.


Prior to joining Future, Harry wrote health and fitness product reviews for publications including Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Runner’s World. Before this, he spent three years as a news reporter with work in more than 70 national and regional newspapers.