Youâve tried plain old planks and every crunch variation there is. And yet, those extra inches around your midsection just wonât give. Youâll be relieved to hear the answer isnât more reps on reps on reps. In fact, according to celebrity trainer Brett Hoebel, itâs got to be deeper than that. âIf you really want to be in it for the long haul, youâve got to find something that connects with you more profoundlyÂ thanÂ the skinny jeans,â says Hoebel, trainer on season 11 of NBCâs The Biggest Loser.
In his new book The 20-Minute Body, Hoebel has glute workouts, ab exercises and full-body HIIT workouts for days. But his signature short and sweet routines canât exist in a vacuum, he says. For success that lasts, a shift in eating habits and mentality has to happen, too. DailyBurn hit the gym with the California trainer to talk diet, setbacks and what he calls âsweating with soul.â Get moving with his six-minute ab workout below, and read on for his essential health and fitness tips to keep you in it for the long run.
The 6-Minute Ab Workout
For those who point to time as their biggest hurdle, remember this: A quick sweat session can fit into any schedule. So sidestep those excusesÂ and dive right intoÂ this six-minute ab workout, developed by Hoebel exclusively for Life by DailyBurn. Pair it with our eight-minute glute workout and youâve got two reasons to pat yourself on the back(side)!Â
5 Tips to Keep You Moving Toward Your Goal
1. Go short, but hard.
Donât have hours to devote to fitness? Research suggests just 20 minutes of rigorous exercise a day could be more effective than continuous moderate activity at improving cardiovascular and metabolic functions. Plus, it just sounds more doable, Hoebel says, and that can be half the battle. âIf it doesnât fit in someoneâs schedule, it ainât happening.â The only caveat: Youâve got to trainmuch harder in that short amount of time. Hoebel recommends pushing the body to a point of discomfort, but not pain. When in doubt, wear a heart rate monitor to gauge intensity â that way slacking isnât an option.
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2. Have a big-picture plan.
âWhen you go off to college, youâre not signing up for random classes, youâre choosing a curriculum,â Hoebel says. âWhen you begin a workout program, the same rule applies.â Commit to a concrete schedule and timeframe â whether thatâs 20 days or 60 â and plug it into your calendar STAT. âYouâll fall off quickly if you donât have something you can really sink your teeth into for the days and weeks ahead,â says Hoebel. And when flaky gym buddies, gridlock traffic and other setbacks get in the way, remember, âYou can always work out at home â no excuses,â Hoebel says.
3. Get your inner monologue in check.
Not everyone is motivated by bootcamp-style instructors or crazy-challenging CrossFit WODs, and thatâs OK. The key is not shutting down mentally when the going gets tough. âSoon youâll get to a point where you choose to overcome that self-doubt and discomfort. And youâll start feeling instant gratification from every rep, set and workout you do,â Hoebel says.
4. Replace, rather than eliminate.
Youâve heard it before: You canât out-train a bad diet. âNutrition is more than 50 percent of the ballgame, and youâve got to lock it in from day one,â Hoebel says. But before you go cutting solid foods from your diet or other drastic measures, consider starting with just one of the four biggest diet derailers: processed foods, sugar, alcohol and salt. And if a diet overhaul sends your wheels spinning, think in terms of âreplacementsâ rather than âeliminations,â Hoebel suggests. âSwap processed sugar for fresh fruitâ¦Or if you were pounding sugary juices all the time, start diluting the juice with water, and slowly move to just water or unsweetened tea.â
5. Find fitness from within.
Extreme diets and workout programs are by nature unsustainable, and pushing through pain is never the goal. To keep coming back requires you find a true passion. âItâs what I call sweating with soul,â Hoebel says. Maybe thatâs boxing or ballet or deadlifting twice your bodyweight. Identify the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, and inspires you to âdo you,â Hoebel says.
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