Get Great Abs In 16 Minutes

This five-exercise ab circuit can be tacked on to a regular workout or used on its own, two or three times a week. The best part? The entire circuit can be completed in 16 minutes or less.

Perform the exercises back-to-back with no rest. When you've completed all of them, that is one round. A "double count" means to complete twice as many reps, so you're doing the same number of reps on each side. Remember to engage your core to get the most out of these moves!

Complete four rounds total.

Beginner Tip: Take up to two minutes of rest between rounds.

Advanced Tip: Take up to one minute of rest between rounds.

1. Lying Leg Raises

Beginner: 10 reps

Advanced: 15 reps

Lie on your back on a matt. Place your hands, palms down, under your butt to make this exercise more comfortable for your lower back. With your legs together and fully extended, lift them off of the ground until they make a 90-degree angle with your torso. Lower them back down to the ground and repeat.

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2. Flutter Kicks

Beginner: 10 (double count) reps

Advanced: 15 (double count) reps

Place your hands, palms down, beneath your butt to make this exercise more comfortable for your lower back. With your legs together and fully extended, lift them off of the ground until they make a 45-degree angle with your torso. Keeping your knees slightly bent, make up-and-down, scissor-like motions with your legs.

3. Toe Touches

Beginner: 10 reps

Advanced: 15 reps

With your legs together and fully extended, lift them off of the ground until they make a 90-degree angle with your torso. Reach with your hands up towards your toes, lifting your upper back off of the matt. You can bend slightly at the knee if it’s difficult to keep your legs straight during this exercise.

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4. Bicycles

Beginner: 10 (double count) reps

Advanced: 15 (double count) reps

Position your hands behind your head. With your legs together and fully extended, lift them off of the ground until they make a 45-degree angle with your torso. Lift your upper back and right shoulder off of the matt while you simultaneously bend and pull your left leg towards your right elbow. Bring your right elbow and left knee together and then switch, bringing your left elbow to your right knee. Keep your legs and upper back off of the matt at all times during the exercise and keep the motion going for the appropriate number of reps.

5. Russian Twists

Beginner: 10 (double count) reps

Advanced: 15 (double count) reps

Balance on your buttocks while lifting your legs off of the ground, bent at the knees. Lock your legs together at your ankles. Hold a medicine ball, plate or dumbbell close to your body and twist from side to side, while remaining balanced on your buttocks.

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