Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we’ve ever printed
Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively forWomen’s Health by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines fat-burning cardio with moves that target your entire core rather than individual muscles (wouldn’t it be great if therewas a magical lower abs workout?), so you’ll burn more fat while toning up.
Do these workout moves three nonconsecutive days a week. Start with the Basic Workout (moves 1-4 at right) to prime your muscles. After three weeks, you’ll be ready to graduate to the Advanced Workout (moves 5-8). For maximum fat burning, perform the exercises as a circuit: Do one set of each move in the order shown, resting for 30 seconds between exercises. Then rest for a minute and repeat the circuit from the beginning.
Melt Your Middle
Follow this interval-training program three times a week after your core workout. It’ll fire up your metabolism and burn off the fat that’s hiding your abs. Intervals are short bursts of maximum-intensity effort—you’re doing it right if you can’t carry on a conversation—separated by periods of easy-pace recovery. In an Australian study, women who cranked out high-intensity interval training three days a week for 15 weeks dropped significantly more weight than those who exercised for the same period of time at a lower intensity.
For this interval workout, remember to include an easy 3- to 5-minute warmup and cooldown. You can run, bike, or use the cardio machine of your choice.
|Max Effort||Easy Pace||Reps|
|Week 1||1 minute||2 minutes||5|
|Week 2||1 minute||90 seconds||6|
|Week 3||1 minute||1 minute||8|
|Week 4||1 minute||1 minute||10|
|Week 5||75 seconds||1 minute||10|
|Week 6||90 seconds||1 minute||10|
Glute Bridge March
Lunge with Rotation
Plank with Arm Lift
Side Plank with Rotation
In a right-side plank position (A), brace your abs and reach your left hand toward the ceiling (B). Slowly tuck your left arm under your body and twist forward until your torso is almost parallel to the floor (C). Return to the side plank. That’s 1 rep. Do 2 or 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps on each side, resting for 1 minute between sets.
Reverse Lunge with Single-Arm Press
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