How to get great abs in 20 minutes

Here's a great way to tighten your midriff for bikini season. All it takes is 20 minutes per day for stronger abs.

By Pamela Mazzuca Prebeg

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The workout

Bikini season has arrived! Luckily, by spending just 20 minutes on your abs four or five times a week, you can lose those ice cream calories and tighten and tone your midsection. This routine works big muscle groups, so you'll burn more calories in less time and challenge your abs from all angles.

Estimated calorie burn: For the average 140-lb woman, this 20-minute workout will burn 170 calories.

What you'll need:
Timer or timer app
Yoga mat
Dumbbell or full water bottle

The workout After warming up by walking, jogging, climbing stairs or doing jumping jacks for five to 10 minutes, perform one set each of the following four exercises in the order they appear. Once you have completed them, rest for 45 seconds, then repeat the circuit two more times. To ramp up the intensity, do jumping jacks for 45 seconds instead of resting between circuits. For optimal results, do this workout four or five times a week, incorporate 30 minutes of cardio at least four days a week and follow a healthy eating plan.

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