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Best Exercises For Strong Abs

I'm a CrossFitter, and These Are the 20 Core-Carving Exercises I'm Obsessed With

Best Exercises For Strong Abs
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As a CrossFitter, having a strong core is essential because it makes everything easier: burpees, squats, box jumps, and pull-ups, to name a few. Aside from AbMat sit-ups, we actually rarely do strict ab exercises. Most of the elements of a CrossFit workout are total-body, so you end up getting an intense ab workout without a single crunch. These are the core-strengthening exercises I swear by.

It's important to note that doing these exercises won't automatically make your six-pack appear overnight. "There are really no exercises to reduce belly fat; unfortunately, this is the age-old myth," Jade Jenny, head CrossFit coach and owner of Champlain Valley CrossFit, told POPSUGAR. "People think they can get abs, and just abs." It may surprise you to hear a CrossFit coach say that "reducing belly fat ultimately comes down to how you eat," but it's true.

In order to lose belly fat, you need to reduce your overall body fat percentage by dialing in your diet, eating whole foods, ditching the junk, and creating a calorie deficit. You can do these exercises to stay strong, and once you get leaner, get ready for your abs to pop!

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