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Ab Exercises for Women

The Superstar Band Jack

Jack up your heart rate and target your core with this high-intensity move.

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Want to work your whole body in one movement? Try the superstar jack created by Jenny Schatzle of The Jenny Schatzle Program in Santa Barbara, California. “This move will get your heart rate up, working your cardiovascular system, core, arms and legs,” Schatzle says. “Add the band and you tone your inner and outer thigh as well as your glutes and boost your heart rate and calorie burn even more.” Do three sets of 10, resting 30 seconds in between sets.

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Setup: Secure a resistance band loop around your ankles and crouch with your feet hip-width apart, arms in front of you, elbows bent.

Move: Explode into the air, extending your arms and legs out into an X. Land softly, then immediately place your hands on the floor and jump your feet back into plank. Jump your legs out and in quickly in a prone jack, then hop your feet back underneath you and return to the crouch to complete one repetition.

Trainer’s tip: “Do this move as a finisher at the end of your workout to boost fat loss. Because you’re already fatigued, this creates a demand for more energy.”