This 4-Week Abs Challenge Is The Best Possible Way To Combat Quarantine Workout Boredom
Featuring all kinds of different workouts from some of our favorite trainers and studios (including Barry's and Solidcore), there's no way you'll ever get bored. Plus, each session clocks in at less than 25 minutes, which means that scheduling them into your WFH routine will feel like a no brainer. Press play once a day, and for the first time in who-even-knows-how-long, you might even find yourself getting excited to work out. No matter how many planks you have to do.
Week 1: Pilates for core
Monday: 20-minute Pilates arms, core, and glute workout
Start your week off with a full, 20-minute Pilates workout that will work your core, arms, and glutes—no equipment required.
Tuesday: 15-minute Pilates core workout
This equipment-free, core-strengthening series utilizes small movements that will leave every muscle in your trunk quaking—and make you remember just how effective Pilates can be for strengthening your abs.
Wednesday: 8-minute Solidcore plank series
Missing the reformer? Grab some sliders (or even a towel) and get to work on this core-strengthening series from Solidcore.
Thursday: 15-minute lower abs Pilates workout
Target that hard-to-hit lower abs with this Pilates-centric workout. Even though it's only 15 minutes, it gets the job done.
Friday: 9-minute Pilates glutes and core workout
Grab a small Pilates ball for this "abs and ass" series, which uses teeny, tiny movements to work your muscles to burnout.
Saturday:12 Minute Pilates Slider Workout
Don't ditch those sliders just yet. This 12-minute series will work your entire body, but requires you to engage your core the entire time, which means you'll definitely be feeling it in your abs the next day.
Sunday: 25-minute full-body Pilates workout
After a long week of workouts, give your core (somewhat) of a break by switching your focus to your whole body. Grab a resistance band and prepare to work every muscle to full-blown burnout.
Week 2: Core meets cardio
Monday: 15-minute standing core and cardio workout
Get your heart racing with this 10-minute core and cardio workout, which is chock full of planks, high knees, and a whole lotta lunges. Grab a set of weights and get to work.
Tuesday: 15-minute dancer abs workout
Who says core workouts can't be fun? This dancer abs workout will leave you shaking your booty and strengthening your abs at the same time.
Wednesday: 25-minute bodyweight HIIT and core workout
Get ready to sweat with this core-focused HIIT workout, which will have you planking to the point of exhaustion (in the best possible way).
Thursday: 5-minute yoga core flow
Take a break from all that cardio and treat your body to a five-minute yoga flow to stretch and strengthen your core.
Friday: 15-minute Barry's HIIT core workout
Get your fix of the infamous Red Room right in your living room with this Barry's-inspired workout. And trust us: It is just as hard as an IRL class (but thankfully, a whole lot shorter).
Saturday: 7-minute dancer abs workout
Since there's no such thing as "too many dancer abs workout," consider this one a bonus. The choreography is easy to follow, and you're sure to be sweating by the end of the first song.
Sunday: 15-minute core workout for runners
Today's workout is a little bit different. Start out by logging a few miles to get your cardio in, then follow along with this abs series that were designed specifically with runners in mind.
Week 3: Core plus
Monday: 8-minute core and back workout
Your core has been getting all the love these last few weeks, so now it's time to ramp things up by adding in some other body parts. First up? Your back, which is extra-important for keeping your abs strong. Grab a set of dumbbells and get to work.
Tuesday: 10-minute core and legs workout
Hit your lower body with this core and legs workout, which requires nothing more than your own bodyweight.
Wednesday: 10-minute core and arms workout
Today's workout will focus on your arms and core, which means there are a whole lot of plank variations in your future. Don't have dumbbells? Don't worry—you can sub in some wine bottles (or any other heavy-ish object you can hold in your hands), or just do the whole workout without 'em.
Thursday: 10-minute core and glutes workout
Perk up that peach with this glute-focused core workout, which requires two dumbbells and a whole lot of full-body strength.
Friday: 13-minute abs and back band workout
Add a little resistance into your routine and hit your abs and back at the same time. Don't have a resistance band? Sub in some free weights to get same amount of burn in a slightly different way.
Saturday: 5-minute kettlebell core workout
Level up your usual abs routine with some kettlebells, or any sort of heavy weight you've got lying around. This way, you'll get some added burns in your arms and shoulders in addition to your core. And remember: A heavier weight doesn't make a better workout—it's good form that does that.
Sunday: 11-minute yoga flow for core strength
After all of this week's strengthening, give your core a much-needed stretch (and, ok, a little bit more strengthening) with this 11-minute flow. Side-plank crunches, here you come.
Week 4: All core everything
Monday: 10-minute core workout
During the final week of the challenge, you'll be able to see how much stronger you've gotten over the course of the month with a series of core-focused workouts. First up? A 10-minute, equipment-free workout care of Nike Trainer and Rumble Instructor Ash Wilking.
Tuesday: 5-minute plank challenge
Chances are, after 22 days of work your planks are better than ever. Put them to the test with this five-minute challenge, full of all kinds of "fun" variations.
Wednesday: 8-minute anywhere abs workout
Forget having to lie out a mat to get a workout in—you can do this 8-minute series anywhere. Including on a lounge chair by the pool.
Thursday: 7-minute resistance band core workout
Amp up your usual planks and crunches by adding a resistance band, which does the job to make everything harder (but thankfully, more effective).
Friday: 15-minute bodyweight abs series
This 2x4x2 workout will take you through two sets of four exercises, each of which you'll cycle through twice. It'll hit your upper and lower abs plus your obliques, which means that after 12 minutes you'll officially be done for the day.
Saturday: 6-move, 7-minute abs workout
For your ultimate core challenge workout, all you'll have to do is get through six moves: Hollow rocks, single-leg sit-ups, push-up mountain climbers, low-plank oblique crunches, high-plank trunk rotations, and side-plank crunches. Cycle through it twice and you'll be good to go.
Sunday: 15-minute at home abs workout
The only thing standing between you and the end of the challenge is this 15-minute workout, which at this point, you'll be able to make it through without a problem. Then, it's time to pop the champagne (or kombucha) and congratulate yourself, because you did it!
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