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The crunch-free core workout you need to try


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The best part about traveling for business? The expense account. (Sweetgreen for every meal!) The worst? Unless you’re staying at one of these spots, your daily sweat sesh typically involves a not-so-inspiring hotel gym—if you manage to fit in a workout at all.

Luckily, boutique fitness brands are launching subscription-based online workout platforms that cater to the frequent flyer crowd, and the latest one comes courtesy of Hollywood trainer Lauren Kleban.

“Many of my clients travel for work, and everyone has the same complaint about not working out while away,” she tells me. (Some of her star clients include HelloGiggles co-founder Sophia Rossi, WhoWhatWear co-founder Hillary Kerr, and actresses Busy Philipps and Judy Greer.) “I began creating videos for them to use, and now I’m sharing the workouts with everyone.”

The LEKFit digital platform launched today with 11 sculpting workouts and 4 cardio segments, all of which are designed to be either mixed and matched or done individually, if you’re short on time. The videos, which are between 5 and 13 minutes, span from dance cardio to strength training to rebounding. (Now’s the time to buy that mini-trampoline.) And to keep things fresh, Kleban will be suggesting weekly workout sequences on her site and posting accompanying playlists each Monday via Instagram Stories.

“The workouts can be done anytime and anywhere, with little to no equipment,” says Kleban, who’s planning to drop new videos monthly. “I completely understand how challenging it can be to motivate yourself at 6 a.m. or in a hotel room after a full day of meetings, so I made sure to make the workouts easy to follow.” (That’s not to say they’re a walk in the park—quite the opposite, in fact.)

The core workout below—which is exclusive to Well+Good readers for the next two weeks—is especially ideal for those who don’t have a lot of space or time. Although it works every last ab muscle, there’s one exercise you definitely won’t find: crunches. “I never do crunches!” Kleban exclaims. “I really find them to be worthless and prefer planks, which are safer and way more effective.” Pro tip: To get the full benefit from a plank, Kleban says, don’t interlace your fingers.

Try Lauren Kleban’s brilliant on-the-go core workout—and remember, you can do anything for five minutes (even if it involves planks).

Check out more ways that celebs stay healthy while on the road—some crazier than others—and learn how to make Elle Macpherson’s three-ingredient hotel room smoothie.