You’re 5 Minutes Away From A Rock Solid Ab Workout

I’m a big believer that doing a little something (consistently) beats the heck out of doing nothing at all.

This week, I am following that belief completely.

There’s a lot going on here… one of our trainers is touring Europe for the next 2 weeks (jealous!), we are moving boot camp locations (pain in the butt), and I am training 2x as many classes as normal to keep things running without a hiccup.

I’m all over the freaking place. Time is of the essence. Luckily, I love what I do… a lot.

I’m not letting my crazy schedule keep me from doing what needs to get done. My goal is to be efficient by choosing my priorities and by aiming to do a little bit of a lot.

Including my workouts.

My own training may suffer (just a little) this week. But I know life will get back to a routine soon. For now, I am at peace knowing that if I have a 5 minute window to workout, I need to take it and be thankful.

What can you possibly do in 5 minutes?

You can do a lot in 5 minutes!

And just imagine if you could find five 5-minute windows throughout the day. That’s a 25 minute workout.

Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

So let’s start our 5-minute mini workout with this Rock Solid Ab Workout.

5 Minute Rock Solid Ab Routine

Set a timer for 5 minutes and see how many rounds you can complete.

I promise, by the end your abs will be ecstatic it’s only 5 minutes long. Talk about a good burn!

Complete it 3-4 times a week (or 2 to 3 times a day throughout the day) and you’ll see yourself improving and getting stronger. Keep adding few more reps each go around.


The Ab Exercises Themselves:

Let’s quickly cover the exercises so that you can feel 100% confident.

1. Lemon Squeezes
  • Stretch out and tighten your abs as you lift your shoulders and feet slightly off the ground, eyes looking at your toes.
  • Pull your knees in and lift your chest up so that you’re in a “squeezed” position on your tush.
  • Control your body as you return to start.
  • If needed, a modified version is to sit with your hands under your tush and bring your knees into your chest and back out.
2. Side To Side Lemon Squeezes
  • Stretch out and tighten your abs as you lift your shoulders and feet slightly off the ground, eyes looking at your toes.
  • Roll to one side of your body and crunch up, aiming to bring your elbow to your calf.
  • Extend the body back out, aiming to not allow the feet to hit the ground and roll to the other side to repeat the move.
3. Hollow Hold Foot Taps
  • Stretch out and tighten your abs as you lift your shoulders and feet slightly off the ground, eyes looking at your toes.
  • Allow the right heel to come down and barely hit the ground 10 times. Repeat with the left side.
  • If you find your back arching up, bend your knees to help!
Plank Walks
  • Start in an extended plank (top of your arms, not on elbows) with feet together.
  • Simultaneously, take a step with your hands and feet with maintaining a tight core.
  • Repeat in the other direction.
5. Leg Raise With Toe Touch
  • Lay on your back, feet pointed.
  • Contracting at your abs, lift your legs up until they are perpendicular to the ground.
  • Reach up with your hands and “crunch” as you aim to touch your shoe laces.
  • Allow your shoulders to return to the ground before lowering the legs.

And that is it!

But seriously, no matter how busy we are, we can all find a few 5 minute windows of opportunity. And those windows add up!

Move like this more. You and your body won’t regret it!

So tell me…

If you only had 5 minutes every day for “me time” what would you do?

To be honest, if I only had 1 5-minute window, I would close my eyes and rest!


  • love it! some days I only have 5 minutes!!

  • lemon squeezes owwwww!

  • love these! I am awful about core work and now every time I run I do a minimum 3-5 min plank series. Figure with 5-7 runs a week that is a start 🙂

    • 3-5 minutes of planks? That’s awesome! Def a start

  • Kim

    In 5 minutes I would sit down and prop my feet up!!!
    This ab workout looks awesome!!

    • haha, yes that sounds like a great way to spend 5 minutes!

  • Mary

    These are awesome! I was looking for a different ab workout! Thanks! 🙂
    How to spend 5 minutes of me time? Hmmmm……sit down, feet up, reading!

    • That sounds like a great 5 minutes!

  • Mary

    Whoa! I just did this three times–INTENSE! Thanks for a great new (to me) ab workout!

    • That’s great Mary! 3x!? Whoa I bet that was a challenge!

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  • Kara

    Definitely a teeth-gritting 5 minutes…especially after Round 2!!!

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