Easy Five-Minute Workout for Busy Moms
Personal trainer Heidi Powell already showed Elizabeth Street some quick and easy moves that work our whole bodies, blast our booties, and sculpt our arms. Today, she’s showing us the best ab workout ever. This five-minute workout is totally going to make our abs totally fab. We love these easy at-home workout routines because getting to the gym is not always manageable—especially when you’ve got some little ones to dress, feed, and shuttle to school. Heidi is a mom too, so she knows how awesome (and effective) these tried-and-tested five-minute workouts can be. Read on below or flip through the slideshow to start your workout with Heidi.
Continue doing six days a week of the three workouts I already gave you—and when you’re ready for more, add this fabulous ab workout to three of those days. To avoid doing the same workout two days in a row (which is a must for muscle recovery), make sure to give at least a day between repeating the core workout. Ideally, you will do the core workout Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—or Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
FAB ABS FIVE-MINUTE WORKOUT
Set the clock for 5 minutes
In the first 90 seconds, do as many Twisters as you can.
In the next 90 seconds, do as many Knees-to-Elbows as you can.
Hold a Plank for the remaining two-minute period. If you need a break, drop to your knees for 5 seconds and get right back into the plank position to complete.
Record the number of Twisters and Knees-to-Elbows you were able to complete in the 90-second periods, and how many seconds you were able to hold the plank consecutively before your break, and try to beat it the next time you complete this workout.
1. Begin lying on the ground face-up, knees bent between 45 and 90 degrees, and arms extended to the sides.
2. Keeping your shoulders anchored to the ground and knees together, rotate your legs over to the left side. Touch your left knee to the ground to mark a complete repetition.
3. Rotate your legs over to the right side and touch your right knee to the ground to mark another repetition.
1. Begin lying on the ground face-up, legs extended, and arms extended overhead. In one motion, draw your knees toward your chest and swing your arms forward, crunching upward with your torso. Touch your elbows to your knees.
2. Extend legs downward and arms back overhead. Touch heels and hands to the ground.
1. Begin lying face-down, propped up on your elbows. Elbows should be aligned directly underneath your shoulders, and your legs should be fully extended with ankles extended and toes on the ground.
2. Squeeze your buttocks, draw your belly button in toward your spine, and raise your body 1 foot off of the ground. Hold the position as long as you can.