Workout Routines

The 30-Minute Abs Workout Program: Fight off excess body fat on day 12

These three exercises hit your abs from multiple angles.

Man Doing Russian Twists in the Gym
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Artiga Photo / Getty
Duration 30
Exercises 3
Equipment Yes

If you really wanted shredded abs, chances are you've heard a number of conflicting "facts" about getting your midsection to show. Forget the idea that you only need to know crunches and other front abs exercises—that's not going to work if you want to effectively lose body fat. Likewise, training your abs every single day is a bad idea, and could in fact be extremely detrimental to your health. By following our three-days-a-week plan, you'll work out your abs without overtraining yourself.

And, as always, it's important to keep burning fat if you want your abs to show. No amount of muscle-sculpting will show up if your body-fat percentage isn't fairly low, so make sure you focus on eating healthy—abs are made in the kitchen, as they say.

If you're new to The 30-Minute Abs Workout, check out the full program here.


Perform the exercises as straight sets, completing all the prescribed sets for an exercise before moving on to the next one.

Use the heaviest weight that allows you to complete all the prescribed repetitions for each set.

For more abs workouts:

Check out 10 workouts to cook off belly fat and expose your abs, the beginner's guide to getting six-pack abs, and the 25 best exercises for your lower abs.

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Today's Workout The 30-Minute Abs Workout Routine: Day 12

Exercise 1.

Seated Russian Twist You'll need: Kettlebells How to
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4 sets
6-8 reps
90 sec. rest

Exercise 2.

Swiss Ball Crunch You'll need: Swiss Ball How to
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4 sets
6-8 reps
90 sec. rest

Exercise 3.

One-Arm Farmer's Walk You'll need: Dumbbells How to
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4 sets
30 sec. reps
90 sec. rest