By now we all know – or I hope most of us do, at least – that abs are not a marker of great health/hotness/value-as-a-human-in-general. They’re nice to look at, nice to touch, and nice to use as a tool for
lapping up chocolate sauce doing tequila shots getting likes on instagram improving your ability to move your upper and lower extremities with coordination.
(And really, ab workouts and/or core training are not going to spot reduce anything, because life doesn’t work that way. It’s low bodyfat that results in muscle definition, not hours spent doing sit ups.)
That being said, having a strong core is an important part of overall fitness. But doing hundreds of crunches is boring, not to mention ineffective if the goal is to work your whole midsection.
Solution: Quick circuit-style core training that keeps your brain engaged and your muscles singing – or, you know, weeping – the whole time. I like doing this little ditty to warm up before a full-body workout, or tacking it on after a run or conditioning session. And unlike most core workouts, this one has actually made me sore the next day.
Wham, bam, thank y’ ma’am.
If you need clarification on any of these movements, here are links to video demonstrations:
- Reverse Crunches
- Alternating Deadbugs (starting at 1:02)
- High to Low Boat Pose
- Heels to Heavens
- Straight Leg Lifts
- Frog Crunches
- Plank Taps
- Russian Twists
- Tick Tock Side Crunches (first one demonstrated, this video calls it a “foot to foot crunch”)
You might be surprised how difficult 10 minutes of core work can be. I mean that in a good way obviously. A painful kind of good way. Yall trackin’?
Or, you know, you might breeze through this, in which case you’re a studmuffin who is making me look bad, and we should probably reevaluate our relationship.
Just kidding. I won’t judge yall for being stronger than me.
Resent you, though? Ehhh, probably. “Jussst a little bit.”
If you like this workout, be a doll and share it, would you?
Tweet it, pin it, email it to you great aunt Gertrude, print it out and hang it on your fridge in a not-at-all-like-a-creepy-stalker kind of way…whatever cranks your tractor.