Nutrition and performance-enhancement specialist, health and fitness director for Four Seasons and contributing editor to Shape.
PLANK Step 1 Bring elbows under shoulders; center nose over hands. Bring both feet together, keeping spine straight and engaging legs and core.
The holidays are a crazy time, with family, parties and work deadlines. An hour-long gym session may not be in the cards, but you can certainly fit in a daily core routine that will keep you looking slim and sexy throughout the season. It doesn’t take a significant amount of time or money to reveal those abs, so let’s get to it!
This routine combines high-intensity interval training and planks. The HiiT burns fat while at rest, builds lean muscle and improves your overall energy. The plank segment of the workout tones the entire body, targets every muscle in the core and burns more calories than traditional crunches or sit-ups. Plus planks are great for preventing injury.
The Routine Perform each exercise for 30 seconds. Rest for 15 seconds and then move on to the next exercise. Repeat the entire routine three times.
Step 2 Turn onto one side; bring elbow directly underneath the shoulder. Stack feet on top of each other while keeping back and arm straight.
SIDE PLANK WITH LEG LIFT
Step 3 Turn onto one side, bringing elbow directly underneath shoulder. Stack feet on top of each other; keep back and arm straight. Lift top leg with toe pointed downward. Lift leg for 30 seconds on each side.