Happy Workout Wednesday! I have my Lorna Jane “Happy” tank on so let’s do a 5 minute core workout you can do ANYWHERE! That’s been the theme of the workouts this month in case you hadn’t noticed. No equipment needed! Honestly I don’t spend a lot of time working my abs, I really don’t think you need to. Frankly 5-10 minutes is the max I generally spend, and that’s usually about twice a week. The full workout video is below, but don’t forget to check out my YouTube channel for more workout videos. I’m uploading twice a week right now: Mondays is dedicated to Meatless Monday so food, recipes etc, and Wednesday’s is for workouts, fitness etc. Hoping that in June I can add Friday into the mix with general life stuff, Q&A, reviews, and more.
5 Minute Core Workout
So this Core Workout features 4 exercises and should take 5 minutes to complete two sets. Again, you don’t need to be spending forever on crunches and planks. I cannot emphasize this enough. It’s great to have a strong core BUT remember that you CANNOT spot reduce fat. Doing crunches won’t eliminate “belly fat” no matter what the marketing bullshit tries to tell you. Ok so that said, let’s get to it…
CRUNCH: The basic, but it’s a good warm up for the abs and honestly it’s a staple in most of my fitness classes as it’s something most people can do so they feel successful. That’s a key component of fitness, you need to feel successful, and celebrate those successes! So lie back with the knees bent and the feet on the floor. Take the fingertips to the temples. Keeping the elbows opened wide lift the head and shoulders away from the floor as you exhale. Lowering down as you inhale. 10 reps of this exercise.
OBLIQUE CRUNCH: Similar action to the crunch but time to get the twisty muscles of the obliques involved. This is a full ab muscle workout afterall! Staying in that same crunch position tale the left ankle across the right knee. Try to keep the left knee out to the side. Lift the right shoulder towards the left knee and return to the starting position. Again exhale as you come across, inhale as you release down. 10 reps each side.
PLANK: Seems like yesterday that I taught a workshop on planks in England with this pioneering plank move (it was 16 years ago!), and now pretty much everyone knows what a plank is! How times change. Anyway set up face down on the ground, with the elbows under the shoulders, with the forearms on the floor, and the feet shoulder width apart. Lift the hips and knees away from the floor bringing the hips level with the shoulders. DO NOT drop the hips. It’s better to have the hips a little higher than the shoulders rather than drop the hips too low. Hold this for 45-60 seconds. Option: In the video I also show you a harder version so remember to check that out!
RUSSIAN TWIST: Time to sit down, kinda. So sitting on your butt, knees bent feet on the floor. Extend the torso back so the chest is behind the hips. Then making a fist with both hands take the hands from the right hip and twist over to the left hip. 10 reps total (right/left counts as one rep). Want more of challenge? Lift the feet off the floor. I show this version in the video.
How often do you work your core?