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)
Back to the killer ab workout. Forty minutes of jumping, crunching, and sweating. I tried it out for a week straight. It was excruciating the first few days but I could actually feel myself getting stronger. And everyday I challenged myself to work harder during the workout. I was pleasantly surprised by the aftermath of my self-made ab challenge.
But before I tell you, I need to 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. And I do gain weight to my belly!
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. (Here’s a free High-Intensity Interval Training 10 minute workout you can slip into any day.)
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! You guys, I am not going to lie to you and tell you that you can make that happen in one week. Unless your stomach is already on the verge of washboard abs, it just doesn’t happen that quick! Here’s what the workout did for me:
It made 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!!
This workout is extremely 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 hard and (wait for it) persistence to get results.
Do each move for 45 seconds, working as hard as you can, then rest for 15 seconds. I highly recommend downloading a free HIIT timer and plugging the workout in.
Jumping Jacks: jump feet together and apart as the arms go from down at your sides to above your head
Bicycle Crunches: hands behind head as you lie on the floor on your back; lift legs off the floor and bring left knee and right elbow in toward one another then extend back to starting position; repeat, alternating sides
Flutter Kicks: laying on your back with hands behind head or under your seat; lift legs off the floor with feet flexed; quickly alternate your legs up and down, only about a foot’s distance.
Russian Twists: sit in boat pose with toes resting on the ground or hovering above it; keep hands together as you twist to one side from the shoulders, then twist to the other back and forth
High Knees: run in place with knees in front of you, bringing them as high as you can
Figure 4 Leg Lifts: lay down on your back, bring right ankle to left knee (forming what looks like the number 4 with your legs); crunch the legs into the upper body and lower back down; repeat for the entire interval; switch sides for the next interval
Plank Toe Touches: starting in plank position tap left foot out to the left and bring back to starting position, tap right foot out to the right; continue alternating sides
If you need a video of these moves go to the Skinny Ms Abs H.I.I.T. Workout page.
Helpful Products (affiliate links)
This 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.)
This is a postnatal recovery tool. Moms – a girdle will not get your tummy teeny again. This is a tool to help you remember to engage those weak abdominal muscles while you do this workout.
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.
Here is a super easy habit that will kick start your metabolism and get your body healthy quick: