5 Core Moves to Make your Abs Burn

An intense midsection workout to strengthen your core and sculpt your abs. No equipment necessary.
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Five core exercises that’ll make your abs burn. This HIIT workout is made for your six-pack.

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is one of the most popular and most effective training methods. Not only does it burn fat; it also challenges your muscles. Complete all 5 exercises one after the other for 30 seconds each, with a 30-second break in between. Then you can rest for up to 2 minutes. Repeat the full set of exercises 3-4 times.

If the beginner burpees are a little too easy for you, you can replace them with basic burpees. Always make sure that your exercise is clean and controlled and keep your body under tension.

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5 Core Moves to Make your Abs Burn
1. Sit-Ups
30 sec.
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This foodspring video shows you how to do sit-ups correctly. The classic exercise for your abs! Lie on your back with your knees bent and in the air. Rest your fingers on your temples. Now use the power of your core muscles to pull your upper body upwards. Don't swing yourself upwards with momentum, and don't move your arms or head along with your abs.
2. Beginner Burpees
30 sec.
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This foodspring video shows you how to do beginner burpees correctly. Burpees are a workout for the whole body and are one of the most challenging bodyweight exercises. Beginner burpees are a simplified form of these. They leave out the jump and the plank position. However, this doesn't make the exercise any less difficult.
3. Crunches
30 sec.
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This foodspring video shows you how to do crunches correctly. This exercise targets the vertical abs. Crunches are a great exercise for beginners. Make sure that only your shoulder blades are coming up off the floor. Your lower back should stay on the floor. Your neck should stay in a neutral position.
4. V Hold
30 sec.
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This foodspring video shows you how to do a V hold correctly. This static exercise will make your abs burn! Sit on the floor and stretch your legs straight into the air. Try to make a V-shape with your legs and your upper body. Straighten your arms to the front, next to your legs.
5. Foot Tap Crunches
30 sec.
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This foodspring video shows you how to do foot tap crunches (a.k.a. heel touch crunches, a.k.a. toe tap crunches) correctly. This variation targets the oblique abs. Start in the crunch position, shoulder blades off the floor. Move from one side to the other, using your right hand to touch your right shoe, then your left hand to touch your left shoe. Your upper body should move towards the side along with each arm.
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