Whether you want to lose the belly fat or are just wanting to tone and get some fab abs this quick and easy workout is perfect. Plus for time poor mums you can do this workout in under 2 minutes from the comfort of your own home.
This workout is one the favourites of Nathalia Melo our amazing trainer for our 28 Days Stronger program, available now in The Healthy Mummy app as part of the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge.
‘I don’t have time‘ is one of the most common and popular excuses for not working out and keeping fit. The truth is that it really doesn’t need to take a lot of time out of your day.
Get your abs in shape with the work out below.
Our 28 Days Stronger Nathalia loves this short and sweet ab workout as she understands how time poor mums are and wants to help you get the abs of your dreams.
She says “my fitness has changed a lot since having my kids because I don’t have lots of hours to spend in the gym anymore. I need to be in and out. I need to be efficient. A lot of the workouts that I do in the gym could easily be done at home so I think that making my workouts more time-efficient, more intense and shorter is definitely how it has changed since having my kids.”
FAB ABS Work Out with Nathalia
This workout is done almost entirely whilst laying on your back so get your yoga mat, a towel or something similar out and lay down to get your abs whipped into shape.
These are great for strengthening abs, lower back and hips!!
Laying on your back lift your legs up and raise your arms engaging your core and abs in an effort to touch your toes. The aim isn’t to touch your toes (although this might happen if you have that flexibility) it’s to work your core and ab muscles.
Do 10 reps
Work your core muscles, glutes and quads! Make sure you stabilise yourself before activating your abdominals to reduce the strain on your lower back!
Next you lower your legs to a 45 degree angle, with your arms flat by your side, engage your core to maintain your legs in that position whilst you criss cross your legs over each other in a scissor like motion.
Do 10 reps.
This is the best ab exercises you can do!! Why? Because it also reaches your deeper abs and obliques which will tighten your tummy! When performing these you need to twist through your core so the opposite arm comes towards the raised knee. Don’t focus on touching your elbow to knee, instead focus on your core movements!
Do 10 reps total.
These are a great way to work on a wider variety of your abdominal muscles!! They are a great option for those that find pressure in their back during traditional crunches.
Putting your legs back in the air, lift your bum off the ground remembering to take care of your back by focusing on your core muscles and not lifting your legs in a way that causes your upper back to lift off the floor.
Do 10 reps total.
These are an incredible efficient compound exercise. A full body workout with just one exercise!! Building up your cardio endurance in a fun way PLUS your core strength, and agility. It’s important to keep your core engaged and your lower back straight as you bring each knee forward, that means butts in the air!
Do 10 reps total.
- 40 seconds on and 20 seconds off for each exercise for 3 rounds
- 1 minute on each exercise for as many rounds as you have time for
- 15 reps of each for 4 rounds
This is also a great ab ‘finisher’ which you might do after a strength workout!
Trainer Nathalia has changed her life with exercise and healthy eating
“I started training at a very young age, and I’ve always been passionate about everything related to staying fit and healthy. That passion has landed me several magazine/newspapers covers and articles like for: Cosmopolitan, Muscle and Fitness Hers, Oxygen, Fitness RX, Muscular Development, The Daily Mail, to name a few.
Therefore, the commitment and discipline to my fitness regiment has also won me big awards like the prestigious Olympia competition, where I took the first place trophy in the Bikini division.”
With all this training and knowledge Nathalia did hit a bump in her fitness journey, when she got pregnant.
“It is fair to say that for most of my life, I had a good grip on my training regimen…until I found out I was pregnant.
Learning to adapt my training during and after pregnancy was overwhelming, so I dove into countless articles, books, and research papers about training and nutrition. Ultimately, I decided to further my education and become a Pre and Postnatal Certified Trainer, to help me refine my understanding of how the body changes during these stages of women’s lives.”
Now Nathalia is a strong, fit and fierce mother of 2 who will be coaching you in the 28 Days Stronger program – a series of strength training videos designed for mums to gain strength and cardio fitness.
Nathalia will help you get maximum results by teaching proper technique to get the most out of simple exercises.
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