LOSE YOUR GUT
When time is against you, give the ROLLING SQUAT a spin to add new momentum to your summer body aspirations
A two-for-one move that will get you rolling fast towards the summer body you want
To be honest, you’re leaving it a bit late. Luckily, we at MH have made it our mission to provide solutions to the annual conundrum of 11th-hour abs. To extinguish belly fat and fire up your core this month, you need to stop, drop and roll. As ever, superior form is the fast track to speedier results. “Lower under control to activate your larger leg muscles, and ensure that your core is engaged as you roll back and forth,” advises Instagram’s London Fitness Guy, James Stirling. Though it may look like a roly-poly, the stability needed in your trunk to keep the roll straight – combined with the supercharged crunch and dumbbell squat that round out each rep – will boost six-pack definition and stoke your metabolism. It’s far more entertaining than yet another plank, too.
“This is best used as a HIIT finisher after every workout, because it’s simple, requires minimal equipment and has an equally potent effect on your heart rate as on your core,” explains Stirling. Start with five rounds of 45 seconds work and 15 seconds rest, and target as many reps as possible. Aim to complete an extra three reps in each round. You’ll see the difference on the beach by August.
01 SIT BACK But don’t relax. To start the rep, lift the dumbbells in front of you and draw your hips back into a half squat. Hold – this will activate every fibre for your first rep. 03 ON A ROLL Let gravity take over. As your glutes touch the mat,...
02 HOLD STEADY To initiate the lowerbody fat burn and the six-pack-sculpting core control, you need to take it slow. Lower over three seconds into a deep squat. Steady now.