Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour calls this 3-exercise circuit “tummy time.” In reality, however, it works so much more than just your tummy; It hammers your entire core—the dozens of muscles between your shoulders and your hips.
How to Do It
Do the maximum number of reps that you can for each exercise before moving on to the next one. Try to rest as little as possible, if at all, between each move. When you’re finished, rest one to two minutes. That’s 1 round. Do 3 to 5 rounds.
See Gaddour demonstrate each movement in the video.
The hollow-body hold is a core exercise every gymnast knows. It involves bracing your abs and creating total-body tension from head to toe.
For this tummy time circuit, you’ll maintain that same abs contraction, but you’ll pump your elbows and knees together. This targets your rectus abdominis (a.k.a. your six-pack muscles), challenges your coordination, and works your hips all at once. You should feel a burn in your abs if you’re doing it right.