We’ve all seen the pins, “10 minutes to sexy abs,” “drink this to get a flat tummy in two weeks,” or “stop eating this to lose your stomach bulge.” These are the pins, and frankly the bloggers, you should IGNORE.
A flat stomach does not happen in 10 minutes or by a drink. Nor do I believe that simply dropping something out of your diet will give you the perfect abs. All these things are helpful towards a goal of a lovely flat midsection BUT they are not the answer.
The answer, my friends, is cold hard work.
Which reminds me of a Proverbs…Committed and persistent work pays off. Proverbs 28:20 (MSG)
So, I found a killer workout. Forty minutes of jumping, crunching, and sweating. And I tried it out, for a week straight. It was excruciating the first few days but I felt myself get stronger and I challenged myself to work harder during the workout. This workout is seriously great for your abs!
Now let me just rewind a sec. I forgot to tell you guys that I am no Victoria Secret model and I’m not one of those lucky people with genes where they don’t gain weight to their bellies. Nope. I’m just a regular gal. A mom at that.
But, being a mom isn’t the reason I have the pooch. I’ve had it as long as I can remember. In fact, I used to believe I’ll always have it. I bet you believe that too.
Well, just stop it!
Really. I mean it. Stop it right there! Don’t believe the lie that you’ll never lose the pooch any more than the lie that there is one simple “trick” to get rid of it.
Remember…Committed and persistent work pays off. Proverbs 28:20 (MSG)
You can get rid of that belly. But you have to do hard workouts! You have to workout more often than not. You have to eat healthy and you have to rest.
A HIIT workout, or High Intensity Interval Training, is an excellent workout to make drastic changes in your body. During the workout you are to push yourself as fast and as hard as you can during each interval. In between these intervals you get a 15-second break when you rest and allow your heart rate to come down. Then you do it again and again.
You are essentially confusing your body so that it doesn’t know when to store and burn calories. Because of this your body will continue to work hard after your workout. A good HIIT workout will keep your body burning calories for a whole 24 hours after your workout. Thus, making HIIT workouts one of the most effective ways to quickly change your body. (Read more about High-Intensity Interval Training)
Are you wondering if one week of doing this workout gave me the perfect set of flat abs I’ve always dreamed of? Of course not! BUT, it did make a significant change in my waist. The pooch was smaller and tighter and I was stronger. I felt so much more confident about myself and isn’t that the point?! I didn’t do this workout for a week so that I would finally like what I see in the mirror. I did it to improve myself which is a never ending journey!! And a great one!
This workout is so challenging and that is the point! I believe in this workout so much that I still go back to it occasionally. I tweaked the original workout to be more effective for me and you should do the same for yourself but try to stay true to the intent of the workout.
Your gut won’t be gone after doing this workout once, twice, or maybe even ten times. It takes a commitment to work and (wait for it) persistence. Eating right and pushing yourself through the pain.
Here are the keys to get the most out of the workout.
Jumping Jacks: go as fast as you can and/or move forward 3 jacks and back 3 jacks
Bicycle Crunches: keep your shoulders off the floor the whole set
Flutter Kicks: hold yourself up in boat pose with your arms outstretched to the sides, quickly flutter your flexed feet up and down, only about a foot’s distance.
Russian Twists: hold a medicine ball or other weight
High Knees: bring your knees to hip height every time, go as fast as you can
Figure 4 Leg Lifts: switch your starting leg every set
Plank Toe Touches: go as fast as you can
If you need a description of how to do these moves (which I did) the best thing to do is to go to the Skinny Ms Abs H.I.I.T. Workout page where she has very nice videos that describe each move.
Helpful Products (affiliate links)
First, is the exact ankle brace that I wore when recovering from my last ankle injury. There is a lot of jumping in this routine so you have to be preventative! (Learn more about my ankle injuries here.)
Second, this is a postnatal recovery tool. Moms – I know you’ve heard of Diastisis Recti! Prevention is better than reaction so use this postpartum girdle to prevent DR. Also, if you have DR this is not the workout to do!
Lastly, the Skinny Ms 6 week emergency makeover plan. I have not done this program, as I mainly do my own workouts, but I think she has great workouts and recipes and recommend her fully for anyone looking to make quick changes to their body.