You just killed your workout and you’re ready to foam roll and hit the shower. Save time for one of these workout finishers that’ll torch your abs, helping you get every last ounce of effort out of your tank. The following 9 workout finishers do all of the above. And if you really want to put your abs into overdrive, work in more single-arm pressing, pulling, hinging, and squatting exercises after your main lifts to tax your core. Even out discrepancies in your movement patterns. Pick any of these finishers to top off your workouts, rotate through a few of ’em and you’ll see the results.
These first four exercises, when done properly and intensely, will activate your abs, plus they’ll burn those extra calories you’re looking to get rid of. They’re anti-extension, lateral flexion drills that resist side-bending and force your abs to stabilize your body. So, even though moves like sprints and jumping rope don’t scream ab-builders, they will work your entire core. Complete 15-30 second bouts at max intensity with a 1-2 minute rest in between, decreasing rest and increasing work time depending on your level of fitness.