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Get flat abs with this workout routine


Having a lean, hard body is dependent on a simple equation: losing more fat and training the muscles that you want to show off. This workout does just that. It's a two-circuit approach that first strips off the fat with a metabolic charging sequence, and then makes you feel every muscle in your core with an abs-appearing cocktail of exercises.

How to do this workoutPerform this full-body workout three days a week, resting at least a day between each session. So you might lift weights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

This routine consists of two circuits. Perform one set of each exercise in the order listed, trying to rest as little as possible between exercises. Once you finish one set of each move, rest for one minute and then repeat until 20 minutes have passed. After you've finished all sets, move on to the next circuit.

Circuit: Do 1 set of each exercise in a group consecutively, without rests in between. Once these exercises have been completed, repeat the circuit again - doing 1 set of each with no rests in between. Continue until prescribed number of total sets are performed.

Strength: Complete all sets of an exercise at the same time with rests in between. Then move to the next exercise.

Superset: Two moves done consecutively (like a circuit) with no rests in between.

1. Kettlebell swingKeep your back flat during the exercise to avoid injury.

Be sure to completely finish the rep and squeeze your glutes at the top of the movement.

Avoid bending forward at the torso. Instead, move by hinging at the hips.

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2. Pushup
Keep your back flat throughout the movement.

Maintain a tight core for the duration of the movement.

Fully extend the elbows at the top of the push-up.

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3. SquatAvoid letting knees slide past toes when descending. 

Avoid leaning too far forward.

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4. Mountain climberDon't lift your hips too high. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles.

Don't let your elbows bend. Keep them locked out to help stabilize your body.

Don't round your lower back. Squeeze your abs to help prevent movement.

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