How to Get the Adonis Belt: 4 Key Exercises

The coveted Devil’s Horns (a.k.a. the Abercrombie V) aren’t restricted to Brad Pitt and Zac Efron—though a personal trainer and a nutritionist won’t hurt. Here are four moves that work your entire core, abductors, quads, and glutes.

Whether you know them as the Adonis Belt, Devil’s Horns, or the Abercrombie V, the curving, carved hip hollows that flank the lower abdomen (think Brad Pitt striking a pose in the dank basement of Fight Club) are guaranteed to turn heads on the beach as shirts come off this summer. This routine, designed by Kelvin Gary, founder of New York City’s Body Space Fitness, will get you the look (as will a low body-fat percentage). “To define that area, you can’t target one particular muscle,” Gary says. “You have to work the whole core—not just the six-pack—and the abductors, quads, and glutes.” Follow up high-intensity cardio (to whittle down any extra padding hiding the muscles) with this workout twice a week. Rest 1 minute between sets and 30 seconds between exercises. And, of course, a clean diet sans alcohol and sugar helps.

How to Get It in Four Moves

1. Side Plank With Leg Raise

Get in side-plank position, resting on right forearm with elbow under shoulder, body aligned from head to heels, and left foot stacked on top of right. Lift left leg as high as possible [above]. Hold for 3 seconds. Lower. Do 15 reps, then switch sides to complete set. Do 3 sets.

2. Russian Twist

Sit with feet hip-width apart, flat on the floor, and hold a medicine ball in front of your chest. Lift feet slightly off the floor, balancing on your coccyx. Without dropping your feet to the floor, quickly twist to the right [above], then to the left. That’s 1 rep. Continue, moving rapidly from side to side. Do 3 sets of 30 reps.

3. V-Ups

Lie faceup on the floor, holding a medicine ball in both hands overhead. Lift upper body and legs off the ground, reaching medicine ball toward feet so that body forms a V [above]. Lower, returning to start with torso and legs fully on the floor. Do 3 sets of 12 reps.

4. Wide Mountain Climbers

Start in high-plank position, wrists under shoulders and body aligned from head to heels. Lift right leg and bend right knee, driving it toward the outside of right elbow [above]. Return to start. Repeat with left leg. That’s 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 20 reps.

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