One of the fastest ways to work your abs and burn a ton of calories: Throw some punches.
“Boxing is an amazing abs workout,” says Andy Speer, creator of The Anarchy Workout, who can be seen below performing a sparring drill at his gym Soho Strength Lab in New York City. “Your arms are moving, but your core muscles are creating the explosive speed and power behind each punch.”
Unlike planks and situps, it’s a great cardio workout, too. Boxing requires total-body coordination and movement so you’ll rev your metabolism and jack up your heart rate in the process, says Speer.
Try it for yourself. Add this quick boxing drill from The Anarchy Workout to the end of your routine or perform it during rest periods for an all-out assault on belly bulge. You’ll perform four quick jabs followed by two powerful uppercuts. The jabs require your back and abdominal muscles to stabilize as your arms move, while the uppercuts call for powerful rotation through your hips and obliques. “Go hard and go fast, and you’ll hit every last muscle in your midsection,” says Speer.
Words by Kelsey Cannon