My friend Andrea introduced me to “10 minute abs” a few years ago, and it quickly became one of my go-to workouts. It’s easy to remember, and the only equipment required is a clock or timer.
It’s as simple as this: 10 minute abs = 10 ab exercises done for 1 minute each.
You can pick whatever exercises you want to do for the 10 minutes, but be sure to include moves that work the three major abdominal muscle groups:
- Rectus Abdominis (6-pack muscles that extend from the ribs to the pubic bone): Sample exercises include crunches, sit-ups and mountain climbers
- Internal and External Obliques (located on the sides of the rectus abdominis): Sample exercises include Russian twists, side crunches and side planks
- Transverse Abdominis (wrap under the obliques and around the spine): Sample exercises include standing cable twists and plank variations
My favorite series of movements is below. Now grab a timer, and let’s get to work!
10 Minute Abs
Complete the exercises below for one minute each in the order listed. After each minute, move straight from one movement to the next without resting.
- Full sit-ups
- Cross-body toe touches
- Toe touch crunches
- Side plank (one side)
- Side plank (opposite side)
- Mountain climbers
- Plank with shoulder taps
Cross-Body Toe Touches
Toe Touch Crunches
Plank with Shoulder Taps
As always, listen to your body and your doctor when starting a new fitness program. I’m an enthusiast, but not a healthcare professional. Although running and exercising are TOTALLY AWESOME, they also come with risks. Be bold, but be smart!