How To Get A Six Pack Without Getting Out Of Bed

Throughout January, Esquire will be making simple suggestions for how you can improve your life this new year. Step one: work off that paunch without an expensive gym membership

“Not everyone has a gym membership, or the motivation or inclination to put on their trainers in the freezing cold and go out for an early morning run,” says Esquire’s resident fitness coach, Harry Jameson.

“However, we all own a bed.” (At this point we could have mentioned the former Esquire staffer who spent six weeks sleeping on a fold-out garden chair, but didn’t want to quibble.)

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Here’s Jameson’s five-minute core workout that you can do first thing in the morning and last thing at night.


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1 | Hold a plank (see diagram) for 45–60 seconds followed by 20 seconds rest. Repeat twice.

2 | Do 20 V-sit abdominal crunches (a crunch with straight legs lifted at a 45º angle) followed by 20 seconds rest. Repeat three times.


3 | Hold a side plank (see diagram) for 30 seconds on each side. Repeat twice with no rest in between.


4 | “This simple little routine can be performed twice daily, three times per week and all in the comfort of your own bed while watching telly,” says Jameson (though adding television is strictly for intermediate level and beyond).

 

 

Illustrations by James Graham

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