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This Epic Abs Workout Challenges Your Whole Body

Men's Health logo Men's Health 7/28/2021 Brett Williams, NASM
Men's Health fitness director shares a challenging total-body core workout that helps you to build a strong set of abs without any situps. © Men's Health Men's Health fitness director shares a challenging total-body core workout that helps you to build a strong set of abs without any situps.

Not every core workout is created equal.

You probably have a go-to series of crunches, planks, and maybe a twist or two you depend on to tick the abs box of your workout's checklist. Doing something is better than doing absolutely nothing—but if you really want to see results in both the aesthetics and strength departments, you're going to need a smarter, more balanced core routine.

That's why Men's Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. developed the Epic Abs program for All Out Studio. The workouts that make up the plan are probably a lot different than any of the ab training you've done in the past. Samuel's novel approach is as much due to the exercises his sessions leave out aa much as the new, fundamentals-based movements you'll be tasked to try.

"I want to redefine how you think about core training," says Samuel, who designed the entire Epic Abs program without a single situp. "We're going to do a lot of functional core work—we're going to challenge our abs to work with our glutes and lower back as a unit and that's how we're going to build core strength, it's going to give us the six-pack we want, and it's going to make us stronger for everything else."

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Check out this example of an Epic Abs workout to get a sample of what you'll get with the full program. The session, which clocks in at just under 30 minutes, will torch your core—but your whole body will be challenged by these super effective exercises. All you need is a light- to medium-weight dumbbell and some space to spread out on the floor to get going.

The Epic Abs Functional, Full-Body Core Workout

The Warmup

  • Lunge to Thoracic Rotations

30 seconds per side


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The Workout

  • 3-Step Getup

3 sets of 10 reps per side

  • Hover Windmill

2 sets of 8 reps per side

  • Weighted Cross-Body Hollow Hold

2 sets of 10 reps per side

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