I Tried This TikTok Ab Workout With 2.5 Million Views – Here’s What Happened
When it comes to workouts that promise to give you abs, I’ve tried them all – from Daisy Keech’s Hourglass Workoutat that time I did 100 dead bugs a day for a week, my quest for a stronger core involved a number of weird and wonderful workouts. With that in mind, when I heard about a new TikTok ab workout doing the rounds, I had to roll out my exercise mat and find out more.
The workout, posted by TikTokker Annabel Lucinda, has amassed 2.5 million views on TikTok, after Lucinda credited it for a body transformation. Lucinda did the abdominal exercise once a week for four months and was keen to point out in the comments that she associated it with good nutrition.
As Luke Zocchi, Chris Hemsworth’s personal trainer, told us, “No matter how hard you train your abs if you don’t have a low enough body fat percentage, you have no chance of seeing this. beloved six-pack that you’ve been working on for so long.” Difficult for. It all depends on diet and nutrition. To see those washboard abs, you have to be slim; I recommend men have between 8-12% body fat and women around 14-18% body fat for optimal shape. Read Zocchi’s advice on the best abdominal exercises do here.
It’s also worth pointing out that what works for someone on TikTok may not work for you and your body. If you’re a complete beginner, the rep count for this workout can be a little intense. It’s also important to check with a personal trainer to make sure you’re getting your form right before increasing the number of reps or adding weights to exercises.
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According to TikTok, this workout gives you abs
According to the TikTok video, here is the workout that will give you abs:
75 x leg raises
Plank to failure
3 x 10 weighted hanging crunches
3 x 10 hanging crunches
3 x Static hold on decline bench until failure
In the comments, Lucinda revealed that she has been exercising once a week for four months to tone her stomach, while following a healthy diet.
I tried the viral TikTok ab workout – here’s what happened
As I mentioned in the intro, I’m no stranger to an ab workout. As a fitness editor and enthusiast, I run, lift weights, and go to a Pilates class or two at least twice a week, so none of the exercises in this workout were new to me. That said, it’s definitely an intense number of reps, so if you’re a complete beginner, you might want to cut the number of reps in the workout in half and build up.
Starting at 100 bikes, I took my time to make sure my form was correct – keeping your lower back pressed against the ground throughout the exercise is key, and in fact moving slower you requires you to really engage your heart. For the scissors and leg lifts I kept my hands under my lower back for extra support – as I mentioned in previous workout stories I suffer from sciatica after a riding accident as a teenager, so it’s critical for me to make sure I don’t put too much pressure on my lower back when working my abs. I also had my legs at a 45 degree angle for the scissors and didn’t lower them quite to the floor like Lucinda did in her video.
For the plank I lasted just over two minutes until I admitted defeat – I tried this workout shortly after I added a one minute plank to my daily routine, so I had definitely spent some time working on my plank technique. Then the hanging crunches, which really burned my heart, and the static decline holds, each of which lasted about a minute.
There’s no doubt about it – this workout is no joke and really forces you to work your core muscles hard. Did it leave me with the sculpted core of my dreams? Of course not. As we’ve mentioned countless times before, defined abdominal muscles depend on a low percentage of body fat. (Here is how to calculate your body fat percentage.) But I felt like my heart was pretty strong and I was in pain for a good few hours after that workout. I will definitely try again, once my core recovers.