If you think a minute goes by fast, you’ve never done a plank before.

Kris J Simpson

Yesterday, I took the day off from working out. My muscles were aching, and I realised that there was no way I would have a productive workout while they hurt so much. However, today is a new day, and it involved a new workout devised by 8fit – this time a nine-minute workout devised for my abs. I also got my husband to workout (and struggle) alongside me.

8fit made this workout seems easy – just a nine minute workout, with no traditional crunches or sit-ups. However, they’re a bit cheeky – no breaks were allowed.

So, if I didn’t do any crunches or sit-ups, what did I do? Well…

  • Forearm plank – 1 minute
  • Sidekicks – 15 seconds right, 15 seconds left
  • Isometric V-ups – 30 second hold
  • Plank hip dips – 30 seconds
  • Walking lunges – 30 seconds

For my first plank, I completed the minute completely on my toes. However, my abs were still aching from last week’s workout, so for my second and third I modified the plank and did them on my knees. Similarly, I switched between knees and toes for my plank hip dips.

I’m not sure about how much my abs will really be strengthened by a nine minute workout – last weeks workout seemed much more intense. However, it does feel great to be sticking to a workout routine (even if it’s just my 4th real workout since starting – not counting cycling).

On a slightly different note, one thing I have really liked with all the workouts I’ve used so far is the pictures and/or gifs that are provided alongside. They really help me to quickly figure out what I’m meant to be doing, which saves me from having to Google what an exercise is.

Till tomorrow – stay happy and healthy!

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