Wednesday, May 1, 2013

ABs-olutely Swimsuit Ready Core Workout

Hi Everyone!

Tonight's workout is focused on the core. This is a tough 10 minute interval workout. 

I love core workouts because a strong core helps you in everything you do. It improves your balance, posture, and helps protect you from injury. 

This routine works every aspect of the core. It's challenging and quick, but if you have more time you can repeat it. 

I combined this workout with a 3.5 mile run outside. The weather is in the mid 70s, and the skies were pure blue, so I answered the call of the road and put in some miles. I just can't resist the sunshine! I did it prior to filming, so if I look a bit wind blown in the video that's why. :)

I am getting the racing bug again. Last summer one of my goals was to improve my 5K time (which I did! Yay!) This year I would like to improve my time again, and start training for a half marathon. Eventually I would like to train for a full marathon, but I am worried that between working and blogging I wouldn't have enough time to dedicate to the training. Either way I will be sharing my journey with you here. 


All Levels: Max reps during each 50 second interval, 10 seconds rest between exercise. 

1. Right Plank Step
2. Left Plank Step
3. Up Dog/Down Dog
4. Bicycle Abs
5. Toe Tap Situp
6. Cross Plank (right)
7. Cross Plank (left)
8. Bicycle Boat
9. Temple Tap Abs
10. Knee Tap Plank Crunch


  1. Hello Melissa. I am following your workout from a month now and just want to say that you are so cute and smily and make me happy all the time! Thank you very much for what you doing and good luck in everything!

  2. This was deceptively difficult. I should have known, after seeing you struggle, that this would be a hard one. I loved the ab burn. I coupled this with one of your cardio intervals and did both twice. Thank you for sharing your workouts, I love them!

  3. Hi Melissa, could you show the Up Dog/Down Dog for beginners, please?
    Thanks, as always very good work out!

  4. Where do you get your workout clothes? You rock 'em! I love love your workouts! Thanks for your passion for fitness!

  5. I just discovered you today and did this workout; it was challenging but fun! I have such a hard time remember to keep my core pulled in so your reminding really helps. Thank you!

  6. I absolutely love you and this website. I just found it, and absolutely LOVE it. I am getting prepared for a bikini competition and I have no idea what I am getting myself into, so your website is very directional for me!

  7. hi Melissa ive been following ur workouts for along time now ur great u give me lots of motivation my question is ive had 2 kids and my tummy is a little streched out is there away to firm that streched sking to get it tight?

  8. This was super tough!!! Had to take breaks but I'm going to keep doing this for sure. It was hard but a lot of fun. Thank you so much! Your husband is super sweet and so supportive. Y'all are so cute!!