In this post we will show you a five-minute ab workout to tighten up the mid-section and trim your obliques. With this easy workout, you’ll be bathing suit-ready in no time. Anyone can find an extra five minutes in their day, right?
Let’s get started!
Plank: 30 Seconds
The plank will build every muscle in your core, including your obliques and lower abdominals. It might actually take some time to build up to a 30-second plank, but hold the position for as long as you can. If you can get up to two minutes, you’ll achieve maximum results from this move. Studies show there’s notmuch physical benefit to holding one for longer.
Side Planks: 1 Minute
Roll over onto your side and prop yourself up on your elbow. Holding your body as straight as possible just like a regular plank, hold your position for 30 seconds on each side.
Mountain Climbers: 30 Seconds
While in a plank position, bring your knees to your chest, alternating from right to left as if you’re — you guessed it — climbing a mountain.
Standing Oblique Crunches: 1 Minute
Press your arm (with weight) above your head and upon bringing it down to your shoulder lift your knee to touch your elbow, do 30 seconds each side.
Bicycle Crunches: 30 Seconds
Lying flat on your back, channel your inner Lance Armstrong and air cycle away. Bring alternate knees toward your chest. With your hands behind your head, raise your upper body slightly and touch your opposite elbow to your knee at the same time.
Regular Crunches: 30 Seconds
Lying flat on your back with your knees slightly bent, raise your upper body slightly off the floor. Forget the old sit-ups. The trick to a proper crunch is just to squeeze your abs tightly. Your upper body should never come completely off the ground. Work in as many as you can do in in 30 seconds.
Leg Lifts: 30 Seconds
The reverse sit up. Lying flat on your back, lift your legs up off the floor and move them toward your face as though you are trying to kick the space above your head. Lower them slowly, concentrating on contracting your abs each time.
Flutter Kicks: 30 Seconds
Still lying on your back, lift your legs slightly off the floor and move your legs in small scissor-like motions. Do as many as you can do in 30 seconds without stopping.
Your 5 Minutes Are Up!
Your abs are one of the only muscle groups that can benefit from working them out every day, so don’t be afraid to add this little five-minute routine whenever you have a break. You’ll be amazed at the difference a few minutes can make in the way your pants fit.
When this ab workout becomes easy for you, add some reps to these exercises or switch some out for the bonus moves above. The trick is to make sure you’re feeling a burn with each workout. That’s where the muscles are being torn down to rebuild a stronger foundation.
Give it a try for 30 days. What have you got to lose, besides unwanted belly fat?