Are you tired of crunching away at the same ab routine with little to no results? Look no further than the original 8-minute ab routine. Yes, the classic ab routine made famous in 1995 may be just what you need. At least, that is what my Trainer Rob Grevious from Precision Fit'cations frequently prescribes me on ab days.
This quick, but effective workout can help you sculpt and strengthen your core. Plus, it's retro, so you can brag to your friends about how "in" to 90s fitness trends you are.
The original VHS version made over $20 million in gross revenues, so you know it's good.
The 8-minute ab routine consists of 8 simple exercises. Each exercise is done for about a minute with a 10-second rest in between. This creates a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) style workout that maximizes calorie burn and strengthens your abs.
The 1995 8 Minute Abs video workout program is a quick and effective way to tone your abdominal muscles. The 8 exercises target different parts of the abs using simply, traditional core exercises.
Here's a summary of these exercises. Follow the video on youtube or simply complete these 8 exercises in order for 1 minute each.
- Basic Crunch: Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and hands behind your head. Lift your upper body towards your knees and slowly lower it back down.
- Right Oblique Crunch: With the same starting position as the basic crunch, lift your upper body towards your right knee, targeting the right oblique muscles. Repeat on the other side for the Left Oblique Crunch.
- Reverse Crunch: Lie on your back with your hands by your sides, legs bent at a 90-degree angle, and feet off the ground. Lift your hips and lower back off the floor, bringing your knees towards your chest.
- Double Crunch: Combine the basic crunch and reverse crunch movements, lifting both your upper body and legs simultaneously.
- Cross-Legged Crunch: Cross your right ankle over your left knee and perform a basic crunch. Switch legs and repeat.
- Scissor Crunch: Lie on your back with your legs straight and raised about 6 inches off the ground. Perform a basic crunch while alternately lifting one leg higher and lowering the other.
- Raised Leg Crunch: Lie on your back with your legs raised and bent at a 90-degree angle. Perform a basic crunch, keeping your legs in this position.
- Twist Crunch: Begin in the basic crunch position, but twist your upper body to the right as you lift. Alternate sides with each repetition.
This 8-minute routine targets all areas of the abdominals, providing an efficient workout to strengthen and tone your core.
You can find a video tutorial of the 8-minute ab routine on YouTube. Make sure to warm up before starting the workout to prevent injury and aid in recovery.
In conclusion, while the 8-minute ab routine may seem like an outdated relic of the 90s, it's still a quick and effective way to strengthen your core and get that six-pack you've been dreaming of (when combined with a proper diet).
Try to incorporate this workout into your workout routine a few times a week for a couple months and watch as your abs become stronger and more defined.