If you were a high school student in the late 1990s to early 2000s, you were likely witness to a short-lived (and ill-advised) fad: the midriff-bearing prom dress. Fast forward to now, and while a tight midsection is still all the rage (and good for your health), we’ve become a little more modest with our wardrobes.
But just because you aren’t showing off your abs at this very moment, it doesn’t mean that their existence (or lack thereof) isn’t on your mind. Fortunately, a few changes to your routine can make all the difference. “When you shock your body with a new exercise regimen, you may start seeing results in as little as one to two weeks,” explains Jari Love, creator of the Get Ripped! DVD workout series. Fresh moves, a flat belly and quick definition — all of these must-have features are built into this 20-minute workout.
The unique benefit of this at-home routine is that you can do it when you’re short on time, and there’s no need to schlep it to the gym. The circuit format will also help keep your heart rate up to burn more calories and fat, and the variety of moves will challenge even the most advanced exerciser.
Perform this routine in a circuit, completing one set of each exercise before moving on to the next, with little to no rest. Catch your breath, then repeat the circuit one or two more times. Since you’ll definitely feel the after-effects the next day, do this workout twice a week, with recovery time in…