You may be busy, but there is little excuse if you can completely omit your work and train in less than 10 minutes.
Trainer Charlee Atkins, CSCS, specializes in sweaty sweat sessions for her ultra-busy clients – but she uses the 10-minute formula to start "I use them 7-minute abdominal routines to get me into training, "she says," If I'm done in 7 minutes, I'm ready to find out. If you lack energy and motivation, sit for 7 minutes and get involved in a full workout. "
If you only have 10 minutes to spare, Atkins has a training that can get you moving – she even created a full-on program structure." Every year I host the #LeSweatAbChallenge, a 28th 7-day daily 7-minute circuit, "she says." Seven minutes of abs are absolutely doable and the exercises are all body weight. "
The following routine is Atkins most popular of this year's challenge, and if you want to make it even harder, you can add some weight to the routine by holding on to a dumbbell, as appropriate Bowflex on If you want to try it at home.
Perform each of the following exercises for as many repetitions as possible in 50 seconds, and rest for 10 seconds before proceeding to the next one in the series.
- Down Dog to Mountain Climbers
- Slanted Heel Contact
- Side Oblique Crunch (Right, switch to left a after 25 seconds)
- Lateral Crooked Crunch (left)
- Reverse Crunch
- Around the World
Bowflex SelectTech 560 Dumbbells
Would you like to learn more movements from Atkins? Take a look at our series with their training tips: Try Her Move.
Brett Williams is Associate Fitness Editor at Men's Health.