ROU­TINES WITH BUILT-IN CORE TIGHTENERS

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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.

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