October 14th 2021
Lucy Wyndham-Read's brand new 7 minute ab workout - with zero planks or crunches
April 9th 2020 / 0 comment
The PT famous for her viral belly fat-blasting workout has reinvented it for us - now it's also suitable post-pregnancy
Personal trainer Lucy Wyndham-Read's seven-minute ab workout is the most liked fitness video on YouTube of all time, clocking up almost 54 million views. Online workouts have become our go-to since being in lockdown, so we were very excited to team up with her for a revised take on her iconic workout.
The new seven-minute ab workout created for us by Lucy has absolutely no planks or crunches involved, which I'm quite sure are the most loathed ab exercises out there. This modified version makes the workout perfect for new mums, especially those suffering with diastasis recti (when you have gap between your right and left abdominal wall muscles that occurs when you're pregnant) as it excludes any lying down moves.
She also omits planks, explaining that this much-hated move isn't actually optimal for toning the waist - watch the video to find out why.
Here's a quick overview of what to expect:
Firstly, Lucy demonstrates each exercise and talks us through the correct form for each of the moves.
Move 1: Straight leg kick
Move 2: Lateral leg raises
Move 3: Lunging leg raises, each leg for 30 seconds
Move 4: Skater lunges
Move 5: Arm and leg drive-ups
Move 6: Plié squat side reaches
Move 7: Alternating jog/heel taps and punches
When the exercises kick-off you'll do each for 60 seconds with a short break between each.
Once Lucy has finished her tutorials of the moves, the video switches to a recording of the live workout we did with her on Instagram for you to workout along to, followed by a (slightly sweaty) fitness and nutrition Q&A with Lucy at the end.
The workout combines both cardio and EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) which means you'll continue to burn calories all day after the exercise at a higher rate than usual.
Always check with your doctor if it's safe for you to exercise after pregnancy. Find more from Lucy at lwrfitness.com