When you're doing the exercises in The 30-Minute Abs Workout Program, it's normal to feel that burn in your abs. (That's how you know it's working.)

That's why it's important to remember that earning a wicked set of six-pack abs isn't automatic—you can't just show up to the gym, phone in your workout, go through the motions, and expect to look like Zac Efron in Baywatch. You need to attack these workouts with determination.

Furthermore, you need to bring that same determination to your nutritional plan. You know that old saying about how "abs are made in the kitchen"? It's true—and the only way you'll ever notice all that hard work on your abs is if you get down to a body-fat percentage low enough to reveal the muscle beneath the fat. Efron did it, and so can you.


Complete all three exercises in order, doing 3 to 4 sets of each.

For more abs exercise tips:

Check out the 25 most effective workout finishers for your abs, five essential rules for ripped abs, and 10 steps to an eight-pack.

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