While some of you have been diligently keeping your New Year’s resolution and have been working out regularly, there are those of us who have not either. It’s that time of the year – to go to the beaches, resorts and pools and hopefully impress a lady or two, but not with that beer belly and those love handles, you’re not. Here are five super hardcore workouts for a quick getaway to seasonal fitness and you can look forward to a shirtless summer and washboard abs for yourself.


Cable Crunch

Kneel below a high pulley, grab the cable attachment with both hands and place your wrists against your head. Position your hips back and flex them, allowing resistance on cable pulley to lift torso upwards so your spine is hyper-extended. Note that movement is in the waist not the hips as elbows travel toward mid-thighs. Exhale as you do so, hold the contraction for a few seconds and inhale as you return to starting position. Do 3 sets and 20 reps.

Cable Crunch

Hip Up

Lie on your left side, right arm extended so it’s perpendicular to the floor. Prop yourself up on your left forearm and raise your hips so your body is straight from ankles to head. Lower your left hip and raise it again until it’s in line with your body. Do 10 reps and then hold the up position for 10 secs. Repeat on your right side.

Hip Up

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Mogul Jump

Get on all fours and lift your knees a few inches off the floor so your weight is on your hands and the balls of your feet. Keeping your arms straight and legs together, hop and rotate your knees and feet to the right. Then repeat to the left. Do 3 sets, 20 reps.Mogul Jump

Bicycle Crunches

Lie down straight on your back with your hands behind your head. Slowly raise your legs to 45 degrees and start pedaling like you would a bicycle. Try touching your left elbow to your right knee and right elbow to your left knee in the process. Do 3 sets, 20 reps.Bicycle Crunches

Figure 8

Lie on your back with your arms at your sides, palms down. Raise your legs so they form a 45-degree angle with the floor. Then extend your right leg to form a big loop in the air. Do the same with your left, thereby forming a sideways figure 8. Do 10 reps.Figure 8

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These exercises will activate your obliques and hip muscles and your lower back to uncover your abs. Visit a gym near you or hire a personal trainer to come to your home. Online fitness portals are now available in your hands to avail services of gyms and professional trainers. Expert nutritionists are also at hand to counsel you on the right protein intake because the perfect chiseled ab weighs a lot on the choice of protein and not simply over dosing on red meat. Also, find ways to manage stress like taking 5-minute breaks in between schedules for a breath of fresh air. Because stress is known to induce a hormone called cortisol which deposits fat around the mid-section. Put all this into practice and you will soon to ready to hit the beaches! Feel free to give us a buzz in the comment section below and if you like this article then don’t forget to like and share.


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