Challenge yourself for 20 minutes.
In the lead up to Christmas, fitness expert and celebrity trainer Tiffiny Hall (creator of the TIFFXO program) will be sharing her favourite workouts on myBody+Soul, to keep you motivated, fit and in a good mood. (Seriously, the endorphins these sweat-inducing sessions produce are next-level.)
Forget doing 100 crunches for a rippled stomach– there are so many varied and fun exercises that will work your abs and obliques more effectively. This workout not only builds strength through the core, but by adding a few signature moves to each exercise, you’re also getting a hit of cardio.
Do each exercise for 20 seconds with 10 seconds rest. Repeat the circuit 8 times.
1. Push-up, sexy roll to V snap – roll fast, the momentum will only help
- Lie on your back, pushing your belly button down into your spine so there is no space between your lower back and the floor. Lift your hands over your head in a straight line, to make a V.
- Lift your toes and your arms at the same time. Reach for your toes, keep your legs straight. Snap!
- Back down, and sexy roll over on your elbow, kicking one leg over so you end up in a push-up position.
- Push up, on your knees or toes, then drop down onto your other elbow and sexy roll onto your back and repeat.
2. High knees with boxing oblique twists
- With hands in a guard position, run on the spot lifting your knees up high to your belly button.
- Now, add in upper body twists side to side so your elbow meets the opposite knee.
- Remember: knees high, hips forward and most importantly, now lift those knees soldier, high like your heart rate!
3. Switch feet
- Stand in a Taekwondo fighting stance with your toes and body facing the side, guard up and shoulders turned to the front, and keep those knees bent.
- With your head at the same height and torso (as still as possible), not jumping too high or sinking too low, switch feet as fast as you can. Twist your hips and work your legs and abs.
- Repeat (over and over and over!)
4. Plank butt kicks
- Start in a planking position on your forearms and elbows, butt down and hips up.
- Your body should form a straight line from shoulders to ankles like, well, a plank.
- Engage your core by sucking your belly button into your spine. If you’re on struggle street, don’t drop your hips or arch your back, simply push your butt up to the sky.
- Hold and add the special ingredient: butt kicks! One leg at a time, bring your foot up to your butt, kick it, then lower your foot back to the ground. Alternate legs, go as fast as you can, but don’t lose that planking form!
5. Guard sit-ups with punches
This is the ab-solute best move for strengthening your core, while the cross body punches work the oblique muscles too! And you know what they say (well, what I say at least), tight obliques will cinch in that waist – like a belt!
- Start on your back with your feet together (heels touching) tucked up towards your butt and your knees pointing to the side – like a butterfly.
- Keeping your guard up to your chin, perform a sit-up. As your shoulders pass over your hips, reach one arm across your body in a punch, then the other arm.
- Curl your spine back down to the floor, making sure you keep your belly button pulled into your spine.