Everyone has a “problem area.” Well, maybe not everyone—I’m looking at you, Victoria’s Secret Angels. But most people have an area of their body that’s just a bit more difficult to slim down and tone up than the rest. For me, it’s definitely my stomach, which is why I love creating workouts to torture strengthen my abs.
This ab workout is only 12 minutes long and consists of only three moves. Simple, but challenging. Set an interval timer for 12 rounds of 50 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. You’ll go through the following sequence three times.
- Windshield Wipers: Lay on back, legs perpendicular to the ground and arms outstretched for support. Lower your legs to the right, twisting your hips, until they are just hovering above the ground. Lift back to starting position and over to the left side. Continue back and forth in a windshield wiper motion.
- Bicycle: Lay on back, hands behind head. When you crunch up towards your bent left knee, your right leg should be extended out and not touching the ground. Switch sides, crunching over towards the right with your left leg extended. Continue in a fluid, cycling motion.
- Side Plank Lift (Right): Start in a side plank position. Lower your hips towards the ground, and then lift upwards, crunching into an arch passed your original straight plank position. Continue lowering and raising.
- Side Plank Lift (Left): Same thing, other side.
If you have the time, try to fit in some cardio after completing this quick ab routine. The next day, I really felt it in my obliques (the side plank lifts do the job!). Try it out and let me know what you think.