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Quick and Simple Core and Abs Workout Tips

Looking for better ways to work your core and abs?  Watch this quick video demonstrating some quick and simple core and abs workout tips

By: Ed Scow, NSCA-CPT: Certified Fitness & Nutrition Expert to the True Superheroes - Busy Moms & Dads and author of Fat Loss To Go

You enjoy working your core, right?

Who doesn't!  I average about 35 training sessions per week, including small group classes that have 7 clients each, and it's one of, if not the most, in demand types of workouts.

I'm no different.  The abs are always one of the main areas of my body I like to work, but I do it a bit differently than you may be accustomed to.

What do I mean?

Well, I use a huge mixture of abs exercises when designing my workouts. 

I use a mixture of isolation exercises, which are used sparingly or only when I want to remain active, yet let the rest of my body rest, and I use A LOT of full-body abs exercises like Burpees, Swings - either with a Kettlebell or Dumbbell - Push-ups (all varieties), ropes, sledge hammers, carpet sliders, sand bags, Power Wheels, and other bodyweight exercises like Mountain Climbers.

See what I mean?  That's the best way to work your core and abs, but I have a couple other tips for you that I'd like to share in a quick video.

Quick and Simple Core and Abs Workout Tips

Make sense?

Before I sign off after giving you those quick and simple core workout tips, I'd like to give you a few ways to incorporate more abs work into your overall workout program.

One of my favorite ways is by utilizing what are called 'Add-On' workouts.

What that means is you do your normal 10-minute weight loss workout, but do a quick 4-5 minute abs workout circuit immediately after your 10-minute workout.

The cool thing about that is that it doesn't have to be done to get results.  If you don't have time, then don't do the add-on.  However, if you can spare an extra 5-minutes, and who can't, then it increases the intensity and effectiveness of the workout on your core.

Another option you have is to do a 4-5 minute add-on Abs Workout before AND after your normal 10-minute workout.

That's a special kind of awesome that really boosts the intensity of the workout on your abs.

My favorite way is to do either stability/endurance core exercises OR big, ful-body abs exercises before the workout and then do isolation movements for the add-on workout after.

Here's one I put a client through yesterday...

Pre-Workout Abs Circuit:

1A) KB Swing - 20 reps

1B) Plank Walkout - 5 reps

We did as many circuits of those two core exercises possible in 5 minutes, then proceeded on with a 10-minute weight loss circuit.

After that, we finished up with the following

Post-Workout Abs Workout:

2A) Butt Raise - 10 reps

2B) Jack Knife - 15 reps

Again, we did as many circuits of that possible in 5-minutes.

Once that was up, he was done and I kicked him out of the studio because he was moaning and groaning about his abs hurting so much.  I kid...his session was up anyway and my next client was there :)

So do you think you can throw those quick and simple core and abs workout tips into your own workout program?

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