Ab Workout – The 1-Month Challenge Kick Off!

Ab Workout

Today marks the first day of the 1-Month Ab Workout Challenge.  Over the month of May, I will be doing this daily  ab workout.  Goal: to provide my lovely abs with some “final firming”.  If you feel like joining me on “the journey to firmer abs” jump on board!  I would LOVE the company.

Over the course of the next four weeks, I will update regularly on both my and my tummy’s experiences and I hope you do the same.  Join me on Facebook for brief little check-ins.

Watch the movie below to see how the routine works.  My trainer Savanas Xavier (Xavier Fitness) explains which areas the different sets target and he gives some great additional advice.

Ab Workout Routine

  • Situps
  • Leg Raises
  • Scissor Kicks
  • Bicycles

You do these 4 exercises back-to-back.  Here’s how the sets in this ab workout work:

Set #1: 10 Situps, 10 Leg Raises, 10 Scissor Kicks (10/side, so 20 total), 10 Bicycles (10/side, so 20 total)
Set #2: 8 Situps, 8 Leg Raises, 8 Scissor Kicks, 10 Bicycles
Set #3: 6 Situps, 6 Leg Raises, 6 Scissor Kicks, 10 Bicycles
Set #4: 4 Situps, 4 Leg Raises, 4 Scissor Kicks, 10 Bicycles
Set #5: 2 Situps, 2 Leg Raises, 2 Scissor Kicks, 10 Bicycles

If you need, you can rest in between sets, but keep it under 10 seconds.  If you need to take additional breaks, keep them as short as possible.  The fewer breaks, the better the results.  You will notice that, as you continue with your ab workout over the next few weeks, the breaks will become fewer and shorter.

If you’re joining me, Thank You and Good Luck!


Until next time,

Savor Food, savor family, savor life.
- Marieke, aka HRH Mommy

(Routine by: Savanas Xavier)


Share Your Thoughts

If you’re on the journey to firmer abs with me, let me know how your first day went.  When did you do the exercises?  How did you feel during and afterwards?  Curious minds want to know.


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20 Responses to Ab Workout – The 1-Month Challenge Kick Off!

  1. Jackie says:

    YOU GO GIRL! Geez! I’ll try but not sure I can committ.

    • Marieke says:

      Join us! It’s only 7 minutes a day (not an hour-and-half). Hope you hop on board and join in the “fun”. It sure is easier knowing that you’re not alone doing this.

  2. simone nobel says:

    i think i can do this! finally something that doesn’t scare the hell out of me! (i really do NOT like working out, gyms etc.) so, yes, marieke, i’ll give it a try and ‘ll keep you posted.

    • Marieke says:

      Haha, that is wonderful Simone! I think the timing and variation of the exercise is what keeps it manageable. Good luck and just take it 1 day at a time. Looking forward to hearing how things are going.

  3. Rachelle says:

    Done. Not soooo bad ;) . I’ve got a few friends and my sisters in on the challenge too. GO ABS! I think the hard part is actually doing it every day.

  4. Pamela S says:

    Great video, Marieke, thanks for sharing it. Looking forward to starting monday and catching up now that I’m better.

  5. Kim says:

    I’m going to give it a try! Thanks!

  6. Willem G says:

    Yes, Holland has joined you all… already two weeks in progress! Succeeding to do the workout almost every evening. Should be enough to fit in my wedding outfit on June 30 !!

    • Marieke says:

      Willem! That’s AWESOME!!!! Go for it! And how exciting that you’re getting married! Congrats in advance. Hope your day beautiful in every possible way.

  7. Kim says:

    Ok, Day One down!! You’re right that it was rough but looking forward to those nice abs! Shaun is even going to start doing it! Thanks again!

  8. Kim says:

    Okay…..this is Day 4 and you’re right that the first few days were rough, but I pushed through! I normally say I’m going to work my abs and that maybe lasts 1 day, but this routine is great because I know that in less than 10 minutes, it’s over and I can actually feel something happening! I can’t thank you enough for posting this, and for giving me a support system (and for keeping me accountable!)! :)

    • Marieke says:

      Kim, I’m so happy that your pushing through and that you’re feeling something “happening” in the tummy :-) We just had a conversation on FB about how (now that some of us are almost 2 weeks in) it is starting to make a difference in our “core”, easier to maintain good posture, etc. Keep at it and give a shout out whenever you feel like it.

  9. Add cardiovascular towards the mix. This really accelerates weight loss. If you really feel you are out of shape then just go for a half hour walk every day for any coupe of weeks. Then whenever you feel you’re prepared attempt performing interval instruction. It is very efficient for burning the belly weight and getting six pack abdominals.

    • Marieke says:

      Sandra, Yes, for burning calories cardio is the way to go. The advantage of this workout program is that it is 7 minutes long and almost everyone has those 7 minutes available. Taking half an hour daily might for some be difficult to do. And I do admit, this routine by no means is the full body workout you would want to do you want to “lose weight”.

  10. Kat says:

    Love this routine!!

  11. ben says:

    I’m doing this twice and maybe three times a day! Shows i’m pretty committed!

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