Abs in a Hurry

One of the fABulous exercises in this extravaganza! Just you wait.

One of the fABulous exercises in this extravaganza! Just you wait.

I get it.  Putting in 500 crunches into your day top of everything else is just freaking time consuming.  I’m pretty sure not even post-baby world-touring tummy-flaunting divas like Beyonce want to spend all of their free time crunching.  I just have a hunch that this is true.  I saw her on the cover of a magazine recently, and you know, I bet she just dances all day to look like that.

Besides that tidbit, you may not even see results from the standard crunch in the first place, leaving you in perpetual tummy-limbo.  Speaking of limbo, that would be another great ab workout...

No, let’s have none of that.  If trying to get toned on a tight schedule has you wishing you could order those abs to go, I’ve got a plan of action that will multitask for you. 

Spoiler Alert:

I’m giving out a couple of my personal-trainer-secrets here!  Really, it’s because I appreciate you – by reading this (and following the plan at home), you are helping me with my goal to make the world – or at least the blogosphere – a healthier place! ;)

Now, keep in mind that toning your abdominal muscles has a lot to do with form, resistance, and multi-joint action.  That is to say, we need to work your abs without involving your neck or hurting your back; we will want to add weight/resistance to help accentuate the muscles; and be multitasking and getting at all the ab muscles by using more of your body than just the core.  Of course, you will want to keep up with your cardio as well (3-5x weekly for 3+ hours total/week) to burn off even more fat, and I have some ideas...

Still with me?  I’ll move with you through a few of my favorite exercises that will help you zap calories like it’s laser-tag and unveil some killer six-packs!

Do these three exercises in a row, including 2 minutes of cardio - such as a high-knee jog in place, mountain climbers, or burpees - in between each one. 

 

 

Ab Trifecta #1:

Plank Kickbacks

Plank Kickbacks

Plank Kickbacks

Knee Slams

Chest-Press Crunch

Ab Trifecta #2: 

 

Oblique Twisters

Oblique Twisters

Jack Knives

Oblique Twisters

Lunge and Lift

Ab Trifecta #3: 

Lat Lower

Lat Lower

Down-Dog, Up-Dog

Lat Lift Crunch

Leg Lower