Even if you really want to get washboard abs, you may do some ab exercises from time to time. Believe us, a strong upper body has plenty of benefits, from increasing flexibility to preventing bone and joint injuries, and flat belly also looks fantastic.

Some people perform crunches to remove abdominal fat. However, studies show that when it comes to burning extra fat from your belly, crunches are useless. It cannot help you eliminate fat and replace it with lean muscles. In order to get a flat belly, you need to combine a healthy diet with a good training routine.

So if you are looking for an effective training routine to strengthen your upper body and burn extra fat, we have something to show you. And if you’re dead set on strengthening your core for the whole world to see, you are going to need to think about your nutrition too. It is time to limit the consumption of carbs, and balance your diet with lean proteins and healthy fats.

We would like to show you a good twelve-minute core workout. It consists of effective movements such as, v-ups, russian twists, flutter kicks, bicycle kicks, plank exercises and side plank exercises. You need to complete as many repetitions as possible of each exercise for thirty seconds. These exercises target the superficial surface muscles — the ones that can give you a washboard abs. Repeat for three rounds total, resting thirty seconds between sets.

Are you ready to start? Scroll down to see how to do these movements right to get the most out of this training routine. You can do it, ladies!

READ MORE: A walking program for beginners and tips to get you walking anywhere

#1. V-ups

Credit: BetterMe

Credit: BetterMe

#2. Russian twists

Credit: BetterMe

Credit: BetterMe

READ MORE: This 10-minute wall workout will help you reduce flab from arms and tummy

#3. Flutter kicks

Credit: BetterMe

#4. Bicycle kicks

Credit: BetterMe

#5. Plank exercises

Credit: BetterMe

#6. Side plank exercises

Credit: BetterMe

READ MORE: 3 exercises to tone your arms without weights

The BetterMe Team is by your side throughout your fitness journey! Stay motivated and you can achieve your goals. If you are struggling with your motivation have a look at one of our many articles for inspiration.

Help us support and motivate those you love by sharing this article with them and let us know what you think in the comments below.