The best abs workouts

Man doing back squat

The key to building a rock-hard six-pack is to work your abs hard, regularly and from various angles to tax the different types of muscle fibre.

However, training your abs exclusively won’t lead to a chiselled midriff. For that you need to elicit a big growth hormone response from your body, which will add muscle everywhere – and this in turn will have the added benefit of burning lots of body fat, helping to reveal your impressive abs muscles. So doing compound moves that hit numerous muscle groups is the best way to build an impressive physique from top to toe while also giving you a six-pack – and that’s exactly what this month’s main workout will deliver.

All three sessions in this programme are divided into three parts. The first is a pair of compound lifts that will test your major muscle groups while also recruiting your abs to stabilise your body. The second is a single tough move to work different muscles while still asking your abs to help out. The final superset is abs-specific to blitz those muscles for maximum response.

How to do the workouts

Warm up using the guide at the start of each workout. Perform a set of exercise 1A, rest for the time indicated and then perform a set of exercise 1B. Repeat until all sets of 1A and 1B are completed. Then move on to exercise 2 and complete all the sets. Finish by doing 3A and 3B as a superset, which means you complete a set of the first then immediately do a set of the second without resting.

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