You might be busy, but there’s little excuse to totally skip out on exercise when you can stop what you’re doing and get a workout done in less than 10 minutes.
Trainer Charlee Atkins, C.S.C.S. specializes in quick-hitting sweat sessions for her ultra-busy clients—but she uses the under 10-minute formula to jumpstart her own fitness programming, too. “I personally use these 7-minute ab routines to entice me to workout,” she says. “Once I’m 7 minutes through, I’m ready to work it out. So if you’re feeling low on energy and motivation, commit to 7 minutes and let it take you into a full workout.”
When you just have 10 minutes, Atkins has workouts that can get you moving—she even created a full-on program out of the structure. “Every New Year I host the #LeSweatAbChallenge, which is a 28-day daily 7-minute ab circuit,” she says. “Seven minutes of abs is totally doable, and the exercises are all bodyweight.”
The following routine is Atkin’s most popular from this year’s abs challenge. If you want to make it even tougher, you can add some weight to the routine by holding onto a dumbbell when appropriate.
Perform each of the following exercises for as many reps as possible in 50 seconds, resting for 10 seconds before moving to the next in the series.
- Down Dog to Mountain Climbers
- Oblique Heel Touch
- Side Oblique Crunch (Right)
- Side Oblique Crunch (Left)
- Triple Crunch (3 Reverse Crunches and 3 Regular Crunches)
- Plank Climbers (Plank and Mountain Climber)
- Ab Circles
By Brett Williams