Years ago, abs workouts were all about lying on the floor doing crunches. And while situps definitely work your core, they don’t do a lot to burn away the fat that’s hiding your (future) six-pack.
Today, we know that the best abs routines take a two-pronged approach: They target your core and they torch a ton of calories (so you can see that muscle you've been working so hard to build).
And that’s exactly what this nine-minute workout helps you do. It comes courtesy of Idalis Velazquez, who’s the creator of Women’s Health’s newest fitness program, All IN 18.
The routine uses a mix of 10 exercises, done in rapid succession, to strategically increase your heart rate and burn calories while targeting every inch of your core.
Yes, there are some exercises like the plank and side plank that you'll hold for a while, but there are also multi-muscle movements that get your entire body working. The planks allow you to deeply activate your abs even while you “rest,” and the fast-paced movements (like the knee tucks) get you moving athletically for big-time calorie burn.
As a result, you’ll torch more fat as you seriously blast your abs.
For more workouts like these, check out All IN 18, from Women’s Health. With 6 fast-paced 18-minute routines—plus, two under 10-minute bonus workouts—it’ll help you torch belly fat and tone every inch of your body in almost no time!