They would not take dumbbells and swing them around, hoping to get a good arm workout – so stop it Exploding on the ground to burn wildly through crunches, and expecting you to get a good abdominal training.
Coach Charlee Atkins, CSCS, knows that much more is part of an effective core routine – mindless repetitions – and that yours Not only is Sixpack flaunting.
"The real purpose of the core is to create stability around the spine," she says. "The practicing exercise for the core is usually made up of crunches, but let You find us out of habit and think about how the core works a little differently.
To make the training of the abs more intelligent, Atkins recommends to make the routine more targeted. "Crunches bring your ribs toward your pelvis, whereas lower abdominal exercises bring your pelvis in the direction of your ribs, and in my opinion they stabilize more than a crunch (and that's what the core is after all)."  Atkins developed this circuit with lower abdominal muscles to build up your nuclear power in just 6 minutes. You do not need any equipment other than a timer, but take this self-rolling yoga mat out of our Backslash Fit brand when you need something to cover.
Perform each exercise for 50 seconds with a 10-second recovery.
- Swing Leg Spoiler
- Reversible Curl
- Butterfly Crunch
- Plank with Knee Pads
- -in with Abduction
Work out any movement with no or as little rest as possible outside the recovery periods of 10 seconds. Take 30 seconds to complete and repeat the circuit a second time.
Want to learn more moves from Atkins? Take a look at our series with their training tips: Try Her Move.
Brett Williams is Associate Fitness Editor at Men's Health.