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This Is the #1 Belly Burn Workout Your Abs Can't Live Without, Trainer Says

Achieve a tight, toned core with this routine.
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If sculpting strong, toned abs is a fitness priority of yours, then you've come to the right place. We've put together the #1 belly burn workout your abs can't live without, so listen up! With just the right healthy habits and a solid exercise routine on deck, you'll be well on your way to achieving noticeable results. Don't sleep on getting in your daily steps, strength training regularly, and following a healthy diet, too—they all contribute to the end prize.

Before we get into the belly burn workout your abs will appreciate, let's go over some points. A common mistake when trying to lose belly fat is focusing mostly on cardio and crunches, when strength training should be your main focus, with core work being the cherry on top of each session. The bulk of your exercises should consist of compound movements that engage more muscle groups and burn more calories. Once your entire body gets a solid workout, you can wrap up your training with some core movements.

Now, without further ado, here's an ab workout you can incorporate at the end of your training session to give you that belly burn you desire. Aim for 3 to 4 sets of the following exercises back-to-back, and next up, don't miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.

Dumbbell Crunch

trainer performing dumbbell crunch to get rid of belly creases
Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

For the Dumbbell Crunch, you'll need a set of dumbbells at the ready. Position yourself flat on your back with your knees bent. With a dumbbell in each hand, fully extend your arms. Start the first crunch, coming up just high enough to flex your abs hard. Exhale as you complete the rep at the top, then lower yourself back down to the starting position. Perform 3 to 4 sets of 15 reps.

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Leg Lifts Over Dumbbell

leg lift over dumbbell part of men's pot belly workout
Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Begin your Leg Lifts by placing a dumbbell (or elevated marker) in front of you. With your feet straight and together, lift them up a few inches off the floor, then bring them above the dumbbell. Bring your legs over and back, maintaining tension in your core the entire time. Perform 3 to 4 sets of 10 reps on each side.

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trainer doing v-twist
Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

For the V-Twist, get into position by lying flat on your back with your knees bent 90 degrees. Keep your core tight, curl up, and reach to one side while extending your legs out at the same time. Crunch hard at the top, return to the starting position, then crunch up on the other side. Perform 3 to 4 sets of 10 reps on each side.

Glider Bodysaw

gliders exercise part of belly burn workout
Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

For this final exercise, get into a plank position with both of your feet on the gliders. Keeping your core tight and glutes squeezed, slide forward and back with your torso, leading with your forearms. As you move forward and back, maintain a neutral spine and tension in your core. If you don't have access to gliders, you can wear socks and perform this on a surface where you can slide. Perform 3 to 4 sets of 10 reps.

Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.
Tim Liu, CSCS, is an online fitness and nutrition coach based in Los Angeles Read more about Tim
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