Say goodbye to a pot belly and blast that tummy fat with this abs-building high-intensity interval training!

A flat, toned tummy is one of the most desired assets for both men and women. And no, unfortunately, it doesn’t just happen — you need to work for it. You’re probably familiar with the saying ‘you are what you eat’, so diet and nutrition is the primary thing to consider when aiming to shape your body the way you want.

But another part of the equation is exercise, and while you can’t spot reduce, high-intensity interval training or HIIT can help get rid of those stubborn abdominal fats. In addition, this HIIT routine that targets the abs strengthens the core and improves posture.

Benefits of HIIT

Before we start, let’s give a quick discussion of what HIIT means. HIIT refers to any workout that includes and alternates intense activity and less-intense ones or complete rest. This type of workout provides various benefits, such as:

  • You burn more calories and fat
  • You lose weight, not muscles
  • You make your heart healthier
  • You increase your metabolism
  • You don’t need any equipment and can do it anywhere

Tips to get this training routine done:

  • Perform this circuit for about 20 minutes.
  • Do as many reps as you can of each exercise for 1 minute with minimal to no rest.
  • Perform a total of 3 rounds.
  • Do the plank in between the exercises as an active rest activity.
  • End the circuit with stretching.

Cross-body Mountain Climber

How to do:

  • Get down into the push-up position with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-distance apart. Make sure your body forms a straight line from your head to the feet.
  • Lift your right knee toward the left elbow. Contract your core throughout the exercise.
  • Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
  • Do as many reps, alternating sides.

Flutter Kicks

How to do:

  • Lie on your back on a mat with legs extended and arms by the sides, palms down.
  • Pressing your back against the mat, raise both legs approximately 4 inches above the ground.
  • Keep your legs straight as you steadily lift one leg higher, then switching them so that your feet move in a fluttering motion.
  • Do as many reps as you can in 1 minute.

Side Leap with Balance

How to do:

  • Stand and balance on your right leg with arms on the side.
  • Lower into a one-leg squat with elbows bent, your right arm driving forward and the left backward.
  • Pushing through your right foot, leap up so that you’ll land on your left foot with your left arm forward. At the same time, swing your arms open to the sides.
  • Stay in the position for 1 count. Do as many reps, alternating sides.

Squat Jump

How to do:

  • Stand tall with your feet hip-distance apart and arms by the sides.
  • Lower yourself into a squat, swinging your arms behind by the hips.
  • Engaging your core, swiftly jump up explosively, extending arms up overhead.
  • When landing, lower yourself back to the squat position.
  • Do as many reps as you can in 1 minute.

Squat with Knee Lift Twist

How to do:

  • Stand tall with feet hip-distance apart and arms by the sides.
  • Lower yourself into a squat, pushing your hips back and extending your arms in front of the chest, palms faced in.
  • Return to the standing position, balancing on your left leg.
  • Raise your right knee in front and simultaneously extend our arms to the sides, rotating your upper body to the right.
  • Return to the starting position. Do as many reps, alternating sides.

Standing Bicycle Crunch

How to do:

  • Stand tall with your feet shoulder-distance apart, toes pointing forward, and hands at the back of the beck, elbows pointing out to the sides.
  • Contracting your abs, lift your right knee up across your body toward the chest as high as you can while simultaneously rotating your torso to the right and letting your left elbow meet the right knee.
  • Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side.
  • Do as many reps, alternating sides.

Plank

Do this:

  • Get down on all fours with legs extended behind and arms shoulder-distance apart, directly under the shoulders.
  • Focus on contracting your abdominal muscles while maintaining a straight line with your entire body from head to heel.
  • Stay in the position for at least 30 seconds.
  • Do plank in between the exercises.

With HIIT workout, the intense core routine helps you do more work than you could usually do on your own for a limited period. This will give you gains in both tone and strength more quickly than the traditional way of performing routines.

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