28 Days to a Flat Stomach
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48 days ago I blogged about my first workout session with celebrity trainer and creator of the 28 Day Challenge Robert Brace. At the time, I was so excited to share the new move I learned from Brace to create the vertical lines of stomach definition I’ve always wanted. Well, I promptly added this stomach-defining move to my workout routine and have been doing it ever since but it was quite some time before I started the at-home workout challenge. Admittedly, I spent the first four days post-training hobbling around New York City followed by a week away with my newborn niece, which pushed my start day back even further. But now I am proud to say I have just finished week one of my SECOND cycle of the 28 Day Challenge and love the results—obviously, since I’m doing it again!

So what is the 28 Day Challenge? It’s a four-part workout series that can be done at home. All you need is a small space and two sets of light and medium weights. Each of the four workouts focuses on a different combination of body parts, i.e. chest and shoulders, and takes about 30 to 40 minutes. The longest workout is on day one when Brace eases you in, breaking down each exercise, but by day four things are moving so fast you’re done in less than half an hour. There is an ab section at the beginning of each workout but, with a focus on posture and form, Brace shows you how to engage and target the abdominals with every move.  And if, like me, you don’t love cardio, don’t worry; it’s integrated into a few four-minute intervals throughout the workout. During each four-minute set you alternate 20 seconds of intense cardio with 10 seconds of rest. I never thought that would be enough to get my heart rate and metabolism up but it is! I’ve all but given up my inefficient long runs.

The 28-day takeaway: if this workout can be done in my tiny studio apartment it can be done anywhere and you don’t need much gear. I only have one set of five-pound weights but am able to complete the workout by adjusting the number of reps performed. But I’m sure what you really want to know is: how do my abs look? No joke, they are firmer and flatter than ever, which for me, is the best motivation to stick with it. July 4th marks the end of cycle two of the 28 Day Challenge and I plan on spending Independence Day in my bikini with confidence! Get started today and join me in feeling fit and fabulous this Fourth of July!

Visit the28daychallenge.com to learn more and purchase your own copy of the 28 Day Challenge. If you decide to take on the challenge please tell me in the comments below. I would love to hear about your experience with the program.

28 Days to a Flat Stomach-2As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.

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