Hands up if you’re struggling to balance work targets, a brimming social life, eight hours sleep and getting your regular sweat sessions in? Enter stage right, the 8 minute abs workout.
If you’re short of time, WH have got some great news - you can get through your daily to-do list and build a body for life. Honest.
Joe Wicks’ at home 8 Minute Abs workout will have your core burning like a summer bonfire and your belly fat targeted in less time than it takes to down your iced Americano before work.
Being short of time is no longer an excuse when the 8-minute abs workout is around. Sorry.
8 MINUTE ABS WORKOUT:
WHAT IS IT?
What to expect? The speedy session incorporates:
Eight ab-inducing exercises in Joe’s signature HIIT style to help reduce belly fat
Do each exercise for 20 seconds, with a 10-second rest for a total of two reps.
By the time you get to the end, you’ll be feeling that sore core.
Use it as a pre-work wake-up, or a gym finisher
Be warned - even if you’re Britney Spears circa 2001, this routine is going to be tough.
Is it worth it, though? Abs-olutely.
8 MINUTE ABS WORKOUT:
TRY THESE EXERCISES
You’ll be familiar with all the moves, making it an easy routine to remember. Completing it without some serious DOMS, though? Not so easy.
1. Scissor crunches
This one is pretty self-explanatory: lift your shoulders off the ground, straighten your legs and alternate swapping one leg over the other - like scissors.
2. Full crunch into a twist
Like your usual crunch, with your feet firmly on the ground, lift your torso and then add a twist. Alternate between your left and right with each crunch.
3. V twist
Here’s where obliques of steel are built. Sit up, creating a 90-degree angle between your torso and your thighs, and twist from left to right.
4. Starfish alternate leg raises
Spread out on your mat like a starfish and tap your left shin with your right hand. Alternate sides while trying to keep the rest of your body firmly on the ground.
5. Slow mountain climbers into an ab walkout
There’s no need for speed with this one. Slow down your four mountain climbers - getting your knee as close to your elbow as possible - before walking your hands out to the edge of your mat and back again.
6. Side plank
One you’ve undoubtedly done a thousand times, but does it get any easier? After completing the above - probably not. But your abs will thank you later.
7. Reverse crunch
A real punisher at this point, lay flat on your back with your legs bent and hinge your knees towards your torso. Do not drop your feet to the floor when letting your legs back down.
8. Heel taps
One more for the core. Lift your shoulders, bend your knees with your feet firmly planted on the ground, and try to touch your heels.
Check out the video in full and workout alongside The Body Coach to build a body for life.
Looking for more workout inspiration? Take a look at the Joe Wicks Cardio Shred Circuit or Elsa Pataky’s 30 Minnute Total Body Workout