A lot of men and women would love to develop a great-looking six-pack, but simply don’t have the time to work on their abs.
So if this applies to you, you may be interested in a new workout video that has recently been posted online because it features a highly effective abs workout that you can complete in just 3 minutes:
The good thing about this workout is that you don’t need any weights or equipment, and you can easily do it in your living room or bedroom, for example.
Plus you will see that it includes many of the most effective abs exercises, including crunches, leg flutters, half burpees, reverse crunches, mountain climbers and one of the most effective exercises out of all of them – the forearm plank.
Some of these exercises are a lot harder than they look, such as the leg flutters, for example, because it is very hard to fight against gravity and prevent your legs from dropping to the ground.
However if you can get your technique right for all of these exercises, you should start to see some decent results.
For optimum results, you should do all of these exercises for 30 seconds each and do 3 or 4 sets in total, with a 1 minute rest in between sets.
This will obviously take a lot longer than 3 minutes, but it will give you much greater results, and because you will be performing these exercises at a high intensity, you will be burning a lot more fat as well.
Finally, you should always remember that you need a low body fat percentage if you want to actually see your abs muscles. So it is imperative that you stick to a healthy diet and try to get your body fat down as much as you can if you want to see real results from this or any other abs workout.
An Alternative 3-Minute Abs Workout
I have also found an effective workout from Traci Steele that will help you develop six-pack abs with a simple 3-minute routine.
This workout has six exercises that will work your core abdominal muscles, and you should aim to do each one for 30 seconds.
These exercises include four crunch variations in total. There is the vertical leg crunch where you are required to do regular crunches with your legs in an upright position, followed by the reverse crunch, where you are bringing your knees to your chest and extending your legs up towards the ceiling.
There is also the side crunch that requires you to take a side-on position, and bring your knee and your corresponding elbow together to really target the obliques, doing 15 seconds each side.
Plus there is the crunch clap exercise at the end of the routine, which is very similar to the bicycle exercise, except that you will be clapping your hands as you bring each knee to your chest.
It is also worth noting that there are two variations of the plank exercise. Instead of holding a set position, you will be adopting the plank position, bringing each knee outwards and driving it up towards your elbow for the plank slides, followed by plank push-ups where you will be extending each arm and pushing yourself upwards from a plank position, which is a little trickier to perform.
As you can see, these are all different exercises from the previous video, but they are no less effective because they all combine to hit every core abdominal muscle, including your obliques.
The only thing I would say is that Traci performs her vertical leg crunches with her hands behind her head, which is not generally recommended because this can cause neck strain. It is better to have your hands at the side of your face (not touching) so that your abs have to do all the work. Otherwise it seems to be a very effective workout that will get results over time.