Today I’m bringing you a chocolate inspired quick ab workout! This workout will have you feeling your abs well after Valentine’s Day! It’s a great 9 minute workout that you can add to the end of your normal cardio or weight lifting routine a few days a week to build killer abs in no time!
How is everyone doing on their New Year’s resolutions? It’s never too late to start on your fitness journey you know! Exercise is something that I just schedule into my day, like an appointment with myself. You wouldn’t stand up your boss or press snooze on an important work meeting, so why should you for your workouts? Dedicating time in my day to working out and building a better body always puts me in a good mood. Endorphins are really addicting you know!
Dave has decided to start doing a quick ab workout and headstands in the morning just to get his blood pumping and to turn his world upside down before going to work for 8 hours. I’ve been pretty inspired to do the same. That’s actually where today’s workout came from. I wanted to do a fun themed workout revolving around chocolate and actually sketched this out on a napkin at work the other day. I was able to do this workout Wednesday morning after teaching spin and it’s fantastic! It combines traditional ab moves like crunches with more advanced moves like thread the needle.
This workout can be done a few different ways. I just set a timer for 1 minute intervals and moved from one exercise to the next with no rest. Therefore this quick ab workout is only 9 minutes long. You could also set a timer for nine 1 minute intervals with 10 seconds rest in between to transition through the exercises with a mini break built in. Or you could do 30 seconds at a time and be done in under 5 minutes. It’s all about how much time you have and how much rest you want to allow yourself!
I think most of these moves that don’t have a picture are pretty self explanatory, but if you have questions please just leave a comment I’ll be more than happy to help! You can also modify any of the moves as you need to.
Crunches – traditional crunches, don’t strain your neck or pull on your neck!
High to low plank – the key to this move is to keep your back straight throughout the movement. Feel free to be on your knees during this move. You will still get just as good of a core workout!
Oblique Twists – or Russian twists. You have the option of putting your feet in the air or planted on the ground. The focus here is on the obliques. Also, don’t rush through this exercise. Pause on each side for one second before twisting to the other side.
C-Crunches – these get their name from the C position your body is in at the top of the move. Crunch your elbows and knees towards each other, again not straining the neck!
Opposite Leg Toe Touch – lying on your back with straight legs, reach with your arm for the toes on the opposite leg, focusing on your obliques in this move as well.
Lying leg lifts – With your legs extended straight out, slowly lower them together until hovering on the floor. Contract your abs and lift the legs back up in the air. This should be slow and controlled.
Alternating scissor kicks – With straight legs, scissor your legs by alternating one in the air and one hovering on the floor. You can either keep your head resting on the floor or raise it off the ground.
Thread the needle – side plank 30 seconds each side. Thread your arm through the open area under your armpit while in side plank. After 30 seconds change sides. Alternatively you could do this for one minute each side and make this a 10 minute workout
Extended arm sit-ups – extend your arms out straight and glue your elbows to your ears. As you sit up try to keep your elbows glued to your ears and really work your core to bring you up and down from the situp! It’s harder than it sounds 🙂 If this is too hard, extend your legs out straight and keep them pressed into the floor as you raise up. Straight legs will provide you more leverage to get your upper body off the ground.
Quick Ab Workout
I hope you enjoy this sweet workout! Have a beautiful weekend and Happy Valentines Day! We are getting a massive cold front, so I imagine we will be stuck inside snuggled up with our pets watching movies and making homemade soup. Sounds pretty great right?
Looking for other core workouts? Be sure to check out this Cardio Plank Workout.
What about you?
- Do you schedule your workouts for the week on your calendar?
- What are your plans for the weekend?
- What is your favorite oblique exercise?