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5 Best Superset Workouts to Sculpt Six-Pack Abs

Achieve a toned, chiseled core with a trainer's go-to superset workouts.
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Sculpting six-pack abs requires dedication, consistency, and an effective workout routine. Superset workouts, which involve performing two exercises back-to-back with minimal rest, are ideal for maximizing efficiency and results. Below are five superset workouts I recommend to my clients to sculpt six-pack abs and a chiseled core.

Each workout consists of two exercises to be performed back to back with detailed instructions, supersets, and reps. Incorporate these workouts into your routine to target your core muscles from various angles, enhancing definition and strength. Remember to combine these exercises with a balanced diet and regular cardio for optimal results.

Now, let's dive into my best superset workouts for abs!

Superset Workout #1: Classic Core Crusher

The classic core crusher is designed to target your upper and lower abs and your obliques. This superset will ensure that your entire core is engaged and worked to its fullest potential.

1.  Crunches


Crunches are a fundamental exercise for building upper ab strength and definition.

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head, elbows out. Lift your shoulder blades off the ground, engaging your core. Lower back down without letting your head touch the floor. Perform three sets of 15 to 20 reps.

2. Reverse Crunches

Reverse crunches target the lower abs, helping to create a balanced, defined look.

Lie on your back with your hands by your sides. Lift your legs, bending your knees at a 90-degree angle. Use your lower abs to curl your hips off the floor and toward your chest. Slowly lower your hips back to the starting position. Perform three sets of 15 to 20 reps.

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Superset Workout #2: Oblique Obliterator

The oblique obliterator targets the side muscles of your core. This superset will help you achieve a tighter and more defined waistline.

1. Russian Twists

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Russian twists are great for targeting the obliques and improving rotational strength.

Sit on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat. Lean back slightly and lift your feet off the ground. Hold a weight or medicine ball with both hands. Twist your torso to the right, then to the left. Perform three sets of 20 reps per side.

2. Side Plank Hip Lifts

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Side plank hip lifts strengthen the obliques and help stabilize the core.

Start in a side plank position on your right side, with your elbow directly below your shoulder. Lower your hip toward the floor, then lift it back up to the starting position. Repeat on the other side. Perform three sets of 15 reps per side.

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Superset Workout #3: Plank Powerhouse

The plank powerhouse focuses on building endurance and strength throughout the entire core. Planks are excellent for overall core stability and strength.

1. Plank


A basic plank strengthens the core, emphasizing the abs and lower back.

Start in a forearm plank position with your body in a straight line. Keep your core tight and hold the position. Perform three sets, holding each plank for 30 to 60 seconds.

2. Plank with Leg Lift

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Plank with leg lifts adds an extra challenge to the standard plank by engaging the glutes and lower abs.

Start in a forearm plank position. Lift your right leg off the ground, keeping it straight. Lower your right leg and lift your left leg. Perform three sets of 15 reps per side.

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Superset Workout #4: Dynamic Duo

The dynamic duo combines cardio with core exercises to maximize fat burning and core strength. This superset is perfect for adding variety and intensity to your routine.

1. Mountain Climbers

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Mountain climbers are a full-body exercise that effectively targets the core while increasing heart rate.

Start in a high plank position with your hands directly under your shoulders. Drive your right knee toward your chest. Switch legs, bringing your left knee toward your chest. Perform three sets, each lasting 30 to 45 seconds.

2. Standing Cross-Body Crunch

Standing cross-body crunches work the obliques and add an element of balance and stability.

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Place your hands behind your head. Lift your right knee toward your left elbow, crunching your core. Lower your leg and repeat on the other side. Perform three sets of 15 reps per side.

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Superset Workout #5: Total Core Engager

The total core engager is designed to hit all areas of your core, ensuring a balanced and well-rounded workout. This superset will challenge your endurance and strength.

1. V-Ups


V-ups target both the upper and lower abs, making them a highly effective core exercise.

Lie on your back with your legs straight, and arms extended overhead. Lift your legs and torso simultaneously, reaching your hands toward your feet. Lower back down without letting your feet touch the floor. Perform three sets of 15 to 20 reps.

2. Flutter Kicks

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Flutter kicks are great for the lower abs and help improve core endurance.

Lie on your back with your hands under your hips. Lift your legs off the ground and alternate kicking them up and down. Perform three sets, each lasting 30 to 45 seconds.

Tyler Read, BSc, CPT
Tyler Read is a personal trainer and has been involved in health and fitness for the past 15 years. Read more about Tyler
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