Although learning new abdominal exercises is always great, sometimes the best way to ramp up your ab routine is not about what exercises you do, but how you do them.

While you will learn 3 new ways to work your abs in this blog post today, my main focus is to teach you how to program your workout for better results. Before we get into the workouts, let’s first, let’s address belly fat. Most people do abs because they want to SEE abs.

You can’t see abs if your abs are covered with belly fat. With that said, I like to add a cardiovascular component to my ab routines. This way I am burning fat AND sculpting muscle at the same time.

Here are 3 different workouts, each using a different method to boost your heart rate – and results. #1 PACE: Add a time-component to ramp up intensity. Many times we allow for too much time in between sets.

Limit rest between exercises, and track the total amount of time it takes you to do the whole workout. This extra accountability might just be exactly what you need to perform better and work harder.

The Workout

  • 20 Rock Climbers
  • 20 Figure 8 Ball Pass
  • 20 Reverse Crunch
  • 20 Ball Crunch

Complete 4 rounds for time. #2 INTENSITY: Add a plyometric move in an ab circuit, like this ab routine.

Complete 5 rounds. #3 DIVERSITY: Add abs into your existing cardio workout.  For example, break your 30-minute cardio into 3 10-minute segments separated by 5-minute high-pace ab circuits. I like to take things up a notch and even change up my cardio, doing 10 minutes of elliptical, 10 minutes of treadmill and 10 minutes on the gauntlet (step mill). Your cardio will fly by, and you’ll get a great ab workout in too!  The Workout

  • 10 minutes of Cardio
  • 5-minute Ab Circuit
  • 10 minutes on Cardio

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