ROUTINES WITH BUILT-IN CORE TIGHTENERS
Certain workouts double as strength sessions for your abs. “When you increase your intensity or load during total-body movements, your ab muscles naturally brace,” Michele says. “That action really works the transverse.” Here’s the way to multitask.
SWING A KETTLEBELL Your transverse braces to stabilise your core as you bring the kettlebell’s swing to a full stop, especially during one-handed moves.
LIFT BIGGER DUMBBELLS Add a little more heft to your reps — weighted squats, biceps curls, flyes, you name it — and “the heavier the load, the more bracing will occur,” Michele says.
DO SPRINTERVALS Your abs will engage as you pump your arms harder, and the HIIT will help burn more ab fat than if you stuck with steady cardio.