Before the weekend shenanigans begin, I try to get in a good ab workout and cardio session during lunch. Why abs and cardio? I want my abs popping (in case I hit up the pool) and the only way to melt fat is with cardio! I don’t know about you, but being in the gym on a Friday doing cardio is for the birds! This workout (ab blast and cardio) will have you in and out in less than 30 minutes! This is a great at home workout too, as there is no gym equipment needed!
Last night I was able to have some fun in the gym. I was lucky enough to find that the zumba instructor had left the stereo system ON! I taught zumba and cardio dance for a few years – and I miss shaking my booty for 45 minutes at a time 🙂 . So I spent a few minutes dancing my heart out before doing 10 minutes of abs with Dave!
The workout we did was great! It is 10 moves, one minute each. The moves are not fancy, but you will feel them.
This workout can be shortened by going to 30 seconds per exercise (recommended for beginners) or by just doing the first 5 moves today and the second 5 tomorrow! Remember, quality over quantity!
Having abs is something almost everyone wants and although I don’t believe in spot training, I do believe in building muscle so that when you do shed fat, there is already muscle peaking through! Time to build some muscle!!
10 Minute AB BLAST
1 minute each | 30 seconds each for beginners
Lying toe touch to opposite foot
Lying leg extension hold 1 inch off ground
Bicycle Crunch – 2 count each side
Lying leg extensions
Side crunch (option extended side crunch for the last 30 seconds)
Side crunch (optional extended side crunch for the last 30 seconds)
Heels to the heavens
Ball pass: if you do not have a swiss ball, don’t worry; you can do this move with a yoga block, your kids plastic ball or with no equipment! I promise you will still feel it. BEGINNERS – please just hold the ball between your legs and work on slowly raising and lowering the ball while your torso and upper body stay FLAT on the ground! You may need to put your hands under your tush or you can keep them flat down on the floor next to you!
Lying toe touch to opposite foot: Lie on your back with legs straight up in the air. Flex your feet and get your legs as straight as possible. Reach hand for the outside of your opposite foot (I normally try to touch the pinky toe of my left foot with my right pinky finger and vice versa). This really engages your core and obliques!
20 seconds work | 10 seconds rest
Complete each exercise group 3 times through, then move to next.
Jump lunges or alternating lunges
Squat Jump or squat