To force your abs into becoming more defined you need to make them work harder for longer, so that you fatigue as many muscle fibers as possible. That’s because it’s the accumulated damage from a testing session that will instruct your body to grow back your abs muscles bigger, stronger and more defined.
This five-move session does just that by placing lots of tension on your entire core, so it never has the chance to switch off during a rep. Follow the workout guide carefully, focusing on keeping your core tight and engaged from the beginning of the first set to the end of the last.
This superset works your core and lower abs especially hard as you move your legs upwards, downwards, left and right. Keep each rep quite fast but always controlled so it’s your muscles that do the work, not just your legs swinging back and forth.
1A Hanging knee raise
Sets 4 Reps 15 Rest 30sec
Hang from a set of rings or pull-up bar with an overhand grip and straight legs. Brace your abs, then draw your knees up towards your chest. Hold this position for a one-count, then lower back to the start. That’s one rep.
1B Hanging knee twist
Targets Entire abs and core
Sets 4 Reps 15 each side Rest 60sec
The set-up is the same as move 1A, except once your draw your knees up, you keep them bent and rotate them one side, then the other, alternating sides for the duration of the set.
This tri-set targets your entire core, which must maintain tension to keep your body stable, as well as your side abs with the introduction of some movements that keep your body guessing.
2A Alternating leg raise
Targets Lower abs
Sets 4 Reps 25 each leg Rest 30sec
Lie flat on your back with your hands behind your head, holding your feet just off the floor with legs straight. Raise one leg and lower it again, then repeat with the other leg.