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The 20 Minutes to Hard "Core" Abs Workout Routine

Posted on: May 27, 2013 12:04 PM

Featured story May 27, 2013

Source: http://www.mensfitness.com/training/build-muscle/the-go-hard-core-workout-routine

The 20 Minutes to Hard ‘Core’ Abs Workout Routine

Workout I Exercise 1

Bicycle Crunch> Sets: 3 Reps: 12 (Each Side)

Lie on your back, extending one leg, while bringing the opposite knee toward your chest. With your hands behind your head, touch your opposite elbow to the close knee. Twist your body and touch the other elbow to your other knee.

Workout I Exercise 2

Hanging Leg Raise> Sets: 3 Reps: 12 (Each Side)

Grab onto a pullup bar and hang with your back straight. Then, raise your legs up as high as you can, rounding your lower back. If that’s too hard, raise them only to waist level.

Workout I Exercise 3

Back Extension (Not Shown)> Sets: 3 Reps: 12

Hold a weight against your chest and lock your legs into a back-extension apparatus. Allow your torso to bend forward until you begin to lose the arch in your lower back, but no farther. Extend your back so that your body forms a straight line. Do not arch excessively.

Workout II Exercise 1

Barbell Rollout> Sets: 3 Reps: 12

Load lightweight plates on a barbell and set it on the floor. Hold the bar with both hands about shoulder-width apart and kneel on the floor so the bar is in front of your chest. Keeping your abs braced, roll forward as far as you can until you feel your lower back is about to start sagging. Flex your lats hard and drive back to the starting position.

Workout II Exercise 2

Cable Wood Chop (Not Shown)> Sets: 3 Reps: 12 (Each Side)

Load lightweight plates on a barbell and set it on the floor. Hold the bar with both hands about shoulder-width apart and kneel on the floor so the bar is in front of your chest. Keeping your abs braced, roll forward as far as you can until you feel your lower back is about to start sagging. Flex your lats hard and drive back to the starting position.

Workout II Exercise 3

Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift> Sets: 3 Reps: 20

Hold the dumbbells in front of your thighs with your palms facing you. Bend your hips and then your knees while maintaining the natural arch in your lower back. Lower your torso until you feel you’re about to lose the arch in your lower back. Keep the weights close to your body at all times.

Workout III Exercise 1

Plank Mountain Climber> Sets: 3 Reps: 20 (Each Side)

Get into pushup position and lower your elbows to the floor so your forearms are flat. Draw one knee up to your elbow, and then drive it back quickly, pulling the other knee up to the opposite elbow.

Workout III Exercise 2

Cable Wood Chop (Not Shown)> Sets: 3 Reps: 12 (Each Side)

Attach a rope handle to the low pulley of a cable station and back up far enough away from the machine so that there is tension on the cable. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and split your legs, so that one foot is a few feet in front of the other. Rotate your torso diagonally upward until you’re reaching overhead, in a chopping motion. Complete your reps and then repeat on the opposite side.

Workout III Exercise 3

Dumbbell Russian Twist> Sets: 3 Reps: 20 (Each Side)

Grab a medicine ball, dumbbell, or weight plate and sit on the floor with your feet raised slightly above the floor. Hold the weight straight out in front of you and keep your back straight (your torso should be about 45 degrees from the floor). Explosively twist your torso as far as you can to the right, and then the left.

Workout IV Exercise 1

Renegade Row> Sets: 3 Reps: 12 (Each Side)

Hold a dumbbell (or kettlebell) in each hand and get into pushup position. Shift your weight to your left side while staying rigid. Row the right-hand dumbbell to your side, but keep your torso parallel to the ground. Lower the dumbbell back to the floor, shift to the right, and row with your left arm.

Workout IV Exercise 2

Decline Situp (Not Shown)> Sets: 3 Reps: 12

Set an adjustable bench to a decline and lie back on it, securing your legs in the braces. Squeeze your abs and raise your torso off the bench until you’re sitting upright.

Workout V Exercise 1

Bicycle Crunch> Sets: 3 Reps: 20

Workout V Exercise 2

Hanging Leg Lift> Sets: 3 Reps: 15

Workout V Exercise 3

Back Extension> Sets: 3 Reps: 15

Workout VI Exercise 1

Barbell Rollout> Sets: 3 Reps: 15

Workout VI Exercise 2

Cable Wood Chop> Sets: 3 Reps: 15

Workout VI Exercise 3

DB Romanian Deadlift> Sets: 3 Reps: 25

Workout VII Exercise 1

Plank Mountain Climber> Sets: 3 Reps: 25

Workout VII Exercise 2

Russian Twist> Sets: 3 Reps: 25

Workout VII Exercise 3

Back Extension

 

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