A strong core means more than just summer-ready abs and taut obliques—it also means better stabilization of your spine, which benefits you both inside and outside the gym.
Today's 15-minute workout has you going through a circuit of four different ab-focused exercises as many times as you can during the 15-minute countdown. Complete as many total reps as possible. Whether you want to look better, function better, or both, a strong core is essential.
Now, let's get started!
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Exercise 1 Plank Jack
The first exercise in this circuit is plank jacks. Start in the plank position with your hands underneath your shoulders and your hips stacked—not sagging or pushed up too high. While you're in the plank position, jump your feet apart and then back together. Try to complete the reps as quickly as possible.
Exercise 2 Flying Burpee
As you might expect from their name, flying burpees will raise your heart rate. Don't be surprised if you get sweaty and are too out of breath to count your reps aloud. Starting on your back, roll (or fly) up, jump into a plank, do a push-up, and jump up to complete the burpees as fast as you can.
Exercise 3 Knee Hug
The third exercise in the circuit is done on your exercise mat. Start by lying down on the mat, then sit up and hug your knees. With each squeeze, you'll target your abs. This may sound like a simple exercise, but don't be fooled—it's really intense and very effective.
Exercise 4 Jump Tuck
The last exercise in the circuit is jump tucks. Again, you're raising your heart rate and targeting your abs by tucking your knees as fast as you can when you jump up. Make sure your jumps are dynamic and that you're jumping as high as you can. Your effort levels should be at an all-time high.
Tired? Good. This circuit of four exercises represents just one round. Your goal is to complete as many rounds as you can in 15 minutes. When you're completely done, write down the number of reps you completed. Next time you come back to this workout, strive to beat your personal best.