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12-minute total body work out 4

12-minute total body work out 4
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Your core is the connection between your lower and upper body, and almost every sport demands a strong midsection to allow for powerful all-body movements. Once you get good at this circuit, you will find that your performance in all physical activities improves as a result (a hard set of abs is just a pleasant side-effect).

How to do it

  • Perform each exercise in order, taking no rest between exercises.
  • Do either the number of reps stated, or as many reps as you can in the time stated.
  • Once you have completed one full circuit, rest for one minute before starting over again.
  • Do two circuits in total.


  • For the majority of exercises, take up to three seconds for each rep – slow is good for core training.
  • For planks and bridges, aim to keep your body in a straight line – don’t overextend your lower back.

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Pete Muir

Pete Muir worked for Men’s Fitness UK, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Pete is now editor of Cyclist magazine.