Stop. Don’t answer that – it was rhetorical. Smoothies are obviously very great. Some would say the greatest. And now that the weather is warming up (with the exception of Sydney today, where it feels like winter again), it’s time to get smoothie-riffic, wouldn’t you say?…
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). After all, what’s not to love about a workout that burns big calories, gets results and is F-U-N? But with so many studios to sample out there, it can be hard to pick just one. So here’s five HIIT studios in Sydney’s CBD/Eastern Suburbs to try….
It’s almost time to pack away the electric blanket, strip off those winter layers and re-enter the world of sunshine and happiness, because in approximately 60 hours the clock ticks over to spring and everything will be right with the world once more. And what better way to kick off everyone’s favourite season* than with a 30-day fitness challenge you can do at home?…
If I had a dollar for every time I’d skipped out on the abs section of a workout… well, let’s just say I’d probably have enough cash-money to just buy myself a six-pack via some of that abdominal etching surgery instead*.
I think it’s because I used to tack them onto the end of a workout, which meant by the time I was supposed to be doing my first set of
hell oblique crunches I was already a hot sweaty mess that wanted nothing more than to escape to the shower. These days my workouts are less frenetic and waaaaaaaaay less sweaty, and I’ve actually come to enjoy the old oblique crunch and his many pals. In fact, some days I’ll actually do an abs workout at home while I’m watching Masterchef, just, you know, because!
This little 10-minute ab workout kicks off by warming up through the entire mid section, and difficulty increases from there. Perform each movement in a really slow and controlled manner for maximum effectiveness, aim for the shakes, and always ALWAYS keep your core connected.
10-minute ab workout (no equipment)
10 exercises |45 seconds work | 15 seconds rest
- Crunches – level 1 (feet flat on floor)
- Oblique crunches – level 1 (feet flat on floor, alternating sides, hips do not move)
- Toe taps (imprint lower back into mat, legs at tabletop, alternating sides)
- High plank
- Crunches – level 2 (legs at tabletop)
- Oblique crunches – level 2 (legs at tabletop, alternating sides, hips do not move)
- Leg extensions (imprint lower back into mat, legs begin at tabletop, alternating sides)
- Mountain climbers
- Low plank
- Pilates 100
Have a splendid four-day week Aussies, and to everyone else, happy Monday!
*FYI and in case there’s any confusion… you can chalk abdominal etching surgery up under ‘things I’ll never be doing’, along with bungee jumping and owning a ferret.
There’s something about working out to music that makes you want to work a little harder, run a little faster, jump a little higher, right? But finding headphones can can stand all that sweat and bouncing around is easier said than done.…