12 Minutes to a Toned Tummy

My recent posts have been focused on the Spring season so it is only fitting to have an abs workout in the mix.  Your waistline may have taken a hit from the recent holiday indulgences.  A little too much chocolate from your sweetheart on V-day or far too many beers on St. Patty’s day may be hanging around on your hips.  The good news is it does not take a significant amount of time or money to reveal those abs.

This routine combines high intensity interval training and planks.  The HIIT burns fat while at rest, builds lean muscle and improves your overall energy.  The plank segment of the workout tones the entire body, targets every muscle in the core and burns more calories than traditional crunches/situps.  Not to mention, planks are great to prevent injury.

The routine: Perform 8 minutes of HIIT. This can be done on any cardio machine of your choice. After warming up, your 8-minute intervals will begin. Sprint all out for 20 seconds. Followed by a slow jog for 10 seconds. Repeat the exercise for 8 minutes.

Follow it up with this quick plank series. Perform each exercise for a minute with no rest in between. Do the entire plank routine 4 times through.


1. Plank:

Bring elbows under shoulders and nose over hands. Bring both feet together and keep spine straight. Engage legs and core.
1x



2. Plank with Leg Lift:

Bring elbows under shoulders and nose over hands. Bring both feet together and keep spine straight. Engage legs and core. Lift one leg at a time, keeping your foot flexed. Engage glutes to lift your leg. Alternate lifts for 1 minute.
2x


3. Side Plank:

Come onto your side and bring your elbow right underneath shoulder. Stack feet on top of one another. Keep back and arm straight.
3x


4. Side Plank with Leg Lift:

Come onto your side and bring your elbow right underneath shoulder. Stack feet on top of one another. Keep back and arm straight. Lift top leg with toe pointed down. Lift leg for 30 seconds each side.

4x



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