3 Effective Ab Circuits


Beyond the physique-minded desire to want that toned up tummy, abdominals play a critical role in balance, injury prevention and overall strength. As someone who works out 6 days a week, I shoot to incorporate ab exercises 3 days per week, or every other day. This generally includes a high rep circuit of three exercises that works 3 different parts of the abdominal cavity:

  1. rectus abdominis (superficial “6-pack”)
  2. obliques (external and internal)
  3. transverse abdominis (not visible to the eye, but acts as a girdle to your lower tummy)

The following circuits are my “go-to’s” to perform at the end of a lift. Each circuit includes 3 different exercises to be performed one after another with little to no rest. At the end of one round, rest 1 minute. Repeat 3 times! Between ab circuits such as this, and the incorporation of compound lifts (e.g. dead lift, squat) the abs will surely be worked throughout the week!

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P.S. For those of you who strive for that “6-pack,” just remember: diet is critical 🙂