Flatten Your Belly!
Get a tight stomach in just six weeks without doing a single crunch. This may be the easiest workout we've ever printed.
Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for Women's Health by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines fat-burning cardio with moves that target your entire core rather than individual muscles, so you'll burn more fat while toning up.
Do these moves three nonconsecutive days a week. Start with the Basic Workout to prime your muscles. After three weeks, you'll be ready to graduate to the Advanced Workout, on the flip side of each card. For maximum fat burning, perform the exercises as a circuit: Do one set of each move in the order shown, resting for 30 seconds between exercises. Then rest for a minute and repeat the circuit from the beginning.
Melt Your Middle
This cardio plan will speed up your slimdown.
Follow this interval-training program to fire up your metabolism and burn off the fat that's hiding your abs. Intervals are short bursts of maximum-intensity effort--you're doing it right if you can't carry on a conversation--separated by periods of easy-pace recovery. In an Australian study, women who cranked out high-intensity interval training three days a week for 15 weeks dropped significantly more weight than those who exercised for the same period of time at a lower intensity.
|Max Effort||Easy Pace||Reps|
|Week 1||1 minute||2 minutes||5|
|Week 2||1 minute||90 seconds||6|
|Week 3||1 minute||1 minute||8|
|Week 4||1 minute||1 minute||10|
|Week 5||75 seconds||1 minute||10|
|Week 6||90 seconds||1 minute||10|
Do the above routine three times a week after you work your core--and always remember to include an easy 3- to 5-minute warmup and cooldown. You can run, bike, or use the cardio machine of your choice.
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