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Last year around this time, I was working out with one of my old strength coaches from Florida State and he showed me his newest ab circuit: Ten Minute Abs. Three great things about this workout: 1) it’s very flexible and customizable, 2) it’s an ab killer, and 3) it’s only 10 minutes!

Basically, you do ab exercises for 10 minutes straight. Every 30 seconds, you switch to a different exercise, so you’re doing 20 different exercises. I’ve included some of my favorites below, so you can pick from the list below or come up with your own! I always love to start with a plank circuit, which I’ve separated into the top 9 exercises below, and then pick from the rest of the list for the second half of the workout.

Have fun with it, and enjoy your new abs 🙂

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TEN MINUTE ABS

-Plank

-Side Plank (Right)

-Side Plank (Left)

-Leg Lift Plank

-Side Leg Lift Plank (Right)

-Side Leg Lift Plank (Left)

-Plank with Alt. Hip Dips

-Plank with Hip Dip (Right)

-Plank with Hip Dip (Left)

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-Leg Lifts

-Right Side Crunch

-Left Side Crunch

-Left Single Leg V-up

-Right Single Leg V-up

-Straight Leg Russian Twist

-Scissor Kicks

-Bicycles

-Alternating Toe Touches

-Alternating Supermans

-Reverse Crunch

-Situps

-Crunches

-Sidesweepers

-Straight Leg Situps

-Wipers

-Deadbugs

-Toe Touches

-6 inch Hold

-Right Elbow to Left Knee Crunch

-Left Elbow to Right Knee Crunch

  For those of you who don’t know, I really enjoy doing obstacle course races. Not just any obstacle course race, mind you, but Spartan Race. These races are tough, challenging, and push you hard, but the best part is the amazing support system that Spartan offers. They post Workouts of the Day, Foods of the Day, motivational quotes, and offer practice sessions to “rip you off your couch”, as they tout in their slogan. They offer multiple races to target whatever level you may be at, with the Spartan Sprint (3-5 miles), Super (7-9 miles), and Beast (12+ miles). For the more adventurous, there’s the Ultra Beast (double the Beast course) and the Death Race. For the last two years, I’ve done the Texas Beast and plan on making it a yearly tradition, recruiting more friends each year to hit the course with me!

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  So are you ready to Spartan Up? Are you ready to get “ripped off the couch”? If you’re ready to challenge yourself to do things you never thought possible, whether that doing 30 burpees in a row or winning your age group, then you need to check out Spartan Up! Spartan Race founder Joe DeSena has collaborated with Jeff O’Connell on this brand new book. The book isn’t available until May 13, but you can check out the synopsis now and pre-order the book on Amazon. I read over the synopsis myself, and generated some questions for Joe in an interview that is coming soon! But I also wanted to share a few thoughts after reading the synopsis, so here are some of the main points I’ve identified as thought-provoking, interesting, and important:

Spartan Up! embraces three main concepts: Question your Assumptions, Less is More, Discipline is Everything.

Self Control

“Our self-control pales next to the Spartans. I’m convinced they would have looked at us with disgust and disbelief.”

People think they can’t attain lofty fitness goals, but anyone can IF they keep in mind that it is truly a “way of life”. So many people want results NOW. So many companies advertise the shortest amount of time to see results. Some companies advertise that you won’t even have to put work in. But a real athlete and competitor knows that it takes a LONG TIME of working REALLY HARD to reach your ultimate goals. That’s why I believe it’s important to set “stepping stone” goals along the way to keep you hungry and satisfied at the same time.

Learning from Failure

You won’t always have successes. Sometimes, maybe even most of the time, you will experience failures. How will you cope? Will you make it a learning experience or will you let it bring you down?

Importance of Obstacles

“As Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher king portrayed in The Gladiator, noted: ‘Fire feeds on obstacles…and inversely dies without them.'”

What can an obstacle course teach you? It can help you recognize your limits, learn when to hold on and when to let go, when to ask for help, how to be a good teammate, how to analyze a situation, and how to move on after failures.

Battle of the Mind

Spartan Races aren’t just for your body. You strengthen and quicken your mind as well. Decisions made in the mud, with barbed wire pressing into your back, in cold weather and cold water help you make decisions efficiently in other areas of your life.

“History’s elite warriors have known that to win on the real battlefield, you must first win on the battlefield of your mind.”

The Spartan Race is aptly named, and reminds us of the Spartan philosophy that to “win on the real battlefield, you must first win on the battlefield of your mind.” The Spartan Race makes you think. Makes you analyze your situation. Makes you doubt yourself at times. But ultimately, it helps you win, whether that’s your age group, your battle with weight, in the classroom, or on the job.

Perspective 

“If you find the prospect of navigating mud swamps, hill climbs and walls to be daunting, imagine tackling them from the confines a wheelchair. Yet Michael became the first paralyzed individual to ever finish a Spartan race.”

This shows us that everyone has a story. Everyone has their own personal obstacles. But seeing people like Michael help us put our problems, challenges, and setbacks into perspective.

Discipline

“If freedom is what you are after, it comes not from discipline, but through discipline.”

“Most people waste much of their days simply by not being organized and planning ahead.”

People often say they just don’t have time to workout every day, yet I’ve never seen a schedue that absolutely doesn’t allow it. If you are organized and driven enough, you wil make time.

Attitude

“Can attitude be taught? I believe it can. The way to create great attitudes is to push through adversity. Once you have seen the dark side, everything looks brighter.”

Is it your body that needs to be changed? Or is it your attitude? You may have to start with the latter first.

Fit not Fancy

“Our philosophy is that all you need to be fit is intestinal fortitude and a will, and that equipment shouldn’t be the difference maker.”

Many people think you can’t be fit without a gym, but that’s simply not true! The Spartan Race is an extremely challenging test of your physical fitness, and you can train for it anywhere. The necessary equipment for most of the Spartan workouts include your body and maybe a rock or branch to use for weights or pull up bars. Spartan workouts literally leave you with no excuses not to do them.

Life

“Why do a competitive race? Because you might be just dogging it through life.”

Finally, one of my favorite quotes from the article is the following, that “life was not worth living unless you were going to live it fully.”

So view the synopsis, grab the book, and sign up for a race. It’s time to get moving. Spartan Up!

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For those of you out there who recognize the benefits of sprinting as well as circuit training, this video is for you! This is a fast-paced sprint circuit that can be tailored to your fitness level simply by how many times you go through it! Beginners or advanced athletes on an active recovery day can run through it 1-3 times, while advanced athletes can get a great workout on a heavy day by doing this 6+ times.

So here it is:

50 yard sprint

10 pushups + 10 mountain climbers + 10 frog jumps

50 yard sprint

20 bodyweight squats + 10 reverse crunches + 20 lunge jumps

Rest 2 minutes, repeat!

To watch the video, check it out on my channel on YouTube:

Remember, today is the only day that matters. It’s not what you did yesterday, or what you plan to do tomorrow that counts. What will you do with your TODAY?

TODAY I will make a choice

I get a lot of questions about the kind of cardio that I do. And while I have posted before about the fat burning benefits of low intensity cardio, there are also lots of benefits to high intensity cardio as well. These cardio workouts are adapted from my track and field career and will increase your speed endurance, acceleration, and general conditioning, so give one (or all!) of them a try!

“7 Arounds” – on a 400m track, sprint 100m and jog back 50m. From that point, sprint 100m again, then jog back 50m. Continue until you get back to your starting point, which should have been 7 100m sprints. Do 2-3 sets of these with 10 minutes rest between sets.

X’s – on the infield of a football, track, or soccer field, sprint across the diagonal of the field, jog along the end, and sprint back along the other diagonal, and jog back to your starting point. Do 2-3 sets of 3 of these with 6 minutes rest between sets and 4 minutes rest between reps.

Ladders – sprint 3x50m (rest = 1.5 minutes between 50s, 2 minutes before 100s), 2x100m (rest = 2 minutes between 100s, 3 minutes before 150s), 1x150m (rest = 3.5 minutes), 1x200m (rest = 5 minutes). Depending on your level of fitness, go back down the ladder.

Up-Backs – sprint 80m, rest 1.5 minutes, sprint back 80m, rest 5 minutes. Do this 5 times.

Shuttles – sprint 10m, do 5 pushups, sprint back. Sprint 20m, do 10 situps, sprint back. Sprint 30m, do 15 prisoner squats, sprint back. Sprint 40m, do 20 crunches, sprint back. Sprint 50m, do 30 scissor kicks, sprint back. Repeat 2-4 times with 10 minutes rest between sets.

Stadiums (or stairs) – sprint up steps, run to next set of steps, run down, sprint up next set of steps going across one whole side of a stadium. Repeat for 2 sets of 3 times with 5 minutes in between each rep and 10 minutes between the two sets.

Here is another ESF workout for you! This one is a circuit training exercise that is centered around lunges, but works in abs and arms stations as well. Guaranteed to make your glutes, hammys, and quads sore the next day! To make this workout harder, you can add weight to your lunges using either dumbbells or barbell of desired weight, and to your ab workouts by using a medicine ball.

Remember: For lunges, you should never let your front knee extend over your ankle and bend only until both knees are at 90 degrees! Otherwise you risk injury, especially if you are adding weight.

Enjoy the The ESF Lunge Workout 🙂 and let me know if you have questions!

This workout plan is an example of one of my weekly workouts. Obviously, to keep from getting bored, I vary my workouts a bit each week so I’ll be posting a few more in the future so you can mix up your workouts, too!

Some of the exercises may not be intuitive, so let me know if you have questions! I will try to keep posting abs videos since those tend to be the most confusing. Check out my stability ball ab workout I previously posted to help with the stability ball workout included in this plan.

ESF WORKOUT PLAN #1