The most requested workouts I get from my readers is “more abs and glutes routines, please!”
I pay attention! So I got some help from our awesome Coach Chris Lindley, and today I have a special bonus glutes and abs workout you can do in 5 minutes!
I’ve done some posts recently about the essentials to getting a great booty, so today I want to share 2 things that are KEY in getting a tight, toned stomach –
#1: In addition to your clean eating, do HIIT (high-intensity interval training) to melt off the padding that’s hiding your abdominal muscle.
No matter how many crazy core moves you do, you will lose your body fat in the same order you put it on. That order is mostly governed by genetics, and while I know we all secretly cling to the hope that doing 100 sit ups a day is going to finally reveal a slim waistline it’s simply not true.
An easy solution to burning off that stubborn extra layer is to do HIIT – AND Ab Finishers. Ab finishers are mini circuits that you can add to the end of your workout to simultaneously target fat burning and core strengthening.
This 5-minute challenge is a great example of an “ab finisher” style workout, but you can also get my good friend Master Trainer Mike Whitfield’s free demo video of a killer ab finishing sequence RIGHT HERE (he’s kind of the “ab finisher” expert, and since I started following his ninja ways, I’ve been incorporating this stuff a LOT more with great results).
#2. Train your entire core – your lower back and deep core muscles to speed up your results.
If you really want hot abs, you need to get away from training *just* your stomach 10 different ways.
This little-known fact is what can take your stubborn soft belly to the sexy lines you want to see. You simply need to focus on strengthening the ENTIRE core in order to see your ab definition.
Take the Bonus 5-minute Glutes and Abs Challenge today with me and Coach Chris, and be sure to add my buddy Mike’s Ab Finishers to your regular workouts!
(for fast connections, click HD for high quality. And yes, if you’re familiar with Colorado law, you’ll know exactly what we were talking about smelling in the park at the end of the video LOL)
Drop Set – 10-1
2 moves: back to back
Move 1: Standing Knee Crunch to Straight Leg Extension
- This is an amazing complex move that works your glutes, your deep abdominals, your lower back and can be done in several different variations.
- To duplicate the way I’m doing it in the video, hold onto the back of a chair, couch, countertop, wall, etc and curl yourself inward, bring one knee up as you crunch your upper body down to meet it. Bring your knee down and sweep your leg out straight behind you, as high as you can without hurting or straining yourself. Your chest will lift up from the crunch as you perform this move.
- To add some extra challenge to this movement, lift your standing foot onto your toes when you bring your knee into the crunch. For even more challenge, perform a small hop each time you draw the knee in (I do this on the very last round).
- To decrease the difficulty of this movement, do not raise your leg behind you as far. Crunching your knee to your nose while standing against a wall should be easy to accomplish, but the balancing component can be tricky as you come into the lift. Only bring your leg out behind you as far as you feel comfortable. Doing a short leg extension is a fantastic movement that will still work your glutes. Do what you can!
Move 2: Boat Pose Crunch
- This is a core strengthening move that challenges those deep abdominal stabilizers and really targets the lower abs. Boat pose is a traditional yoga position that is held without moving generally, but to make it just a little more challenging, we add the crunch and movement.
- Come into a seated position with your knees bent and close together, feet lifted off the ground. Place your hands on the ground for stability and and shift your weight into your sit bones. Tighten your core and LIFT your chest. This is super important, as collapsing your chest here is what will make your lower back hurt. Straighten you legs as much as you can, forming a “V” and then bring your knees in and out, raising and lowering your upper body to meet them. Keep your torso upright and stable throughout the movement.
- You can modify this by coming into simple leg lifts with legs straight or bent. To do them, lie on your back and tilt your pelvis so your lower back is pressed into the floor. Raise and lower straight legs up 6 inches and down, never bringing them all the way to the floor. You can do this with your knees bent as well to make it easier on your back as you build strength in your core. Remember, it’s more important that you START and DO what you can! You’ll get there – support your body as it develops that strength.