Short on Time? Your 6-Minute Ab Workout
DailyBurn hit the gym with trainer Brett Hoebel to talk diet, setbacks and what he calls “sweating with soul.” 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.
Youâ€™ve tried plain old planks and every crunch variation there is. And yet, those extra inches around your midsection just wonâ€™t give. Youâ€™ll be relieved to hear the answer isnâ€™t more reps on reps on reps. In fact, according to celebrity trainer Brett Hoebel, itâ€™s got to be deeper than that. â€œIf you really want to be in it for the long haul, youâ€™ve got to find something that connects with you more profoundlyÂ thanÂ the skinny jeans,â€ says Hoebel, trainer on season 11 of NBCâ€™s 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 canâ€™t 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 â€œsweating 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 youâ€™ve 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.
Donâ€™t 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. â€œIf it doesnâ€™t fit in someoneâ€™s schedule, it ainâ€™t happening.â€ The only caveat: Youâ€™ve 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 isnâ€™t an option.
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2. Have a big-picture plan.
â€œWhen you go off to college, youâ€™re not signing up for random classes, youâ€™re choosing a curriculum,â€ Hoebel says. â€œWhen you begin a workout program, the same rule applies.â€ Commit to a concrete schedule and timeframe â€” whether thatâ€™s 20 days or 60 â€” and plug it into your calendar STAT. â€œYouâ€™ll fall off quickly if you donâ€™t 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, â€œYou 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 thatâ€™s OK. The key is not shutting down mentally when the going gets tough. â€œSoon youâ€™ll get to a point where you choose to overcome that self-doubt and discomfort. And youâ€™ll start feeling instant gratification from every rep, set and workout you do,â€ Hoebel says.
4. Replace, rather than eliminate.
Youâ€™ve heard it before: You canâ€™t out-train a bad diet. â€œNutrition is more than 50 percent of the ballgame, and youâ€™ve 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 â€œreplacementsâ€ rather than â€œeliminations,â€ Hoebel suggests. â€œSwap 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. â€œItâ€™s what I call sweating with soul,â€ Hoebel says. Maybe thatâ€™s boxing or ballet or deadlifting twice your bodyweight. Identify the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning, and inspires you to â€˜do you,â€™ Hoebel says.