The Eight-Minute Ab Workout

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Time: 8 minutes

Difficulty: Medium

The eight-minute ab workout is very vigorous, and you might need to practice a few times to work up to a full, non-stop session. Simply do these ab exercises for two-minutes each before moving on to the next one, with the goal of not stopping until the end.

Eight Minute Abs:

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Traditional Crunch

Lay on the floor and place your hands either at the base of your neck, or crossed over your chest. Use your abdominal muscles to lift your upper back off the floor, without moving your feet, legs, or hips. Make sure to avoid yanking on the back of your head if that’s where your arms are.

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Similar to the traditional crunch, except now you are crossing over your body with your left elbow to make contact with your right knee, then switching sides and doing the same with your right elbow and left knee for every crunch.

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Lay on the floor with your arms at your side to stabilize you. Bring your knees to a 90 degree angle, then use your abdominal muscles to raise your legs and hips a few inches off the ground. This is a small but effective movement, as long as you don’t cheat by swinging your legs too much.

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Facing the floor, put your elbows and forearms on the ground, then lift your body so that your back makes a straight line from the top of your neck to your heels. Engage your abdominal muscles to hold the plank position, making sure not to let your torso or buttock stick out too high or sag too low.

Abs steel are not just a myth! Even while you are in the midst of losing weight from your torso area, your abdominal muscles are still there underneath a layer of fat, and they still need to be worked out too. Abdominal exercises will strengthen your core for when you engage in other exercises, and when you have lost that pudge from you middle section, your six-pack will be visible in all their toned glory.