Before you start dreading having to do about a million crunches, we’ve got great news. You don’t. Probably just a couple. Spot treating trouble areas isn’t always as effective as ramping up your system to burn fat allover. Follow this workout to reduce allover body fat (and work on those abs along the way).

Incline cardio

Adding an incline to a HIIT style running session is a sure way to get your heart pumping. 

Jog for 1 minute, then sprint for 2 minutes, jog for another 1 and repeat for a total of 10 minutes.

Rowing machine

Rowing works your legs and arms, but also your core (abs and back). When you’re involving so many muscle groups your body starts burning more calories.

Row for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds without getting off the rower.

Repeat 8 times, trying to beat your previous distance each time.

Balance plank

Adding a wall ball or Bosu ball adds an extra challenge to your plank because you now also need to balance, making more core muscles work.

Hold a plank for 30 seconds while balancing yourself on the wall ball or Bosu, rest for 30 seconds and repeat two more times. 

Bird dogs

Co-ordination, balance and an abdominal crunch that doesn’t have you staring at the ceiling.

Position yourself on your hands and knees on the floor. Extend one arm straight out from the shoulder while raising and extending the opposite leg. Bring your elbow towards your hip while driving your knee forward, contracting your abs as the two limbs move towards your middle. Repeat with both sides 10 times each.