Summer Shape Up Series: Burned to the Core Workout

It’s the third #WorkoutWednesday of the Summer Shape Up Series! Time is seriously flying!

Nothing screams summer like a chiseled tummy. Unfortunately for all of us hopefuls, it’s impossible to spot reduce. This means you can do sit ups and planks until the cows come home. But, if your nutrition isn’t on point, you’ll have nothing to show for it. It’s a sucky reality a lot of us have to come to terms with.

However, attaining a defined core shouldn’t be done through diet alone. We want muscles to be there once the layer on top starts to flatten! Plus, you can literally look pounds thinner by practicing good posture. And, there is no way to have a sexy stance without a strong core. Not to mention the trillions of benefits you get from training your core like reduced chance of injury and reduced chronic back pain that have nothing to do with aesthetics.

Sculpt, flatten, and define every inch of your core with this 20-minute core workout! Complete 60 seconds of each exercise back-to-back. Rest for 60 seconds and repeat the entire sequence two more times!

Summer Shape Up Series Core

Check in with me once you’ve finished your workout by commenting below or posting on social media with the hashtags #lifeinspandex and #lissummer !

It’s not too late to sign up for the Summer Shape Up Series and receive your FREE Starter Booklet which includes my Top 4 Tips for Challenge Success, Nutritional Guidelines for Optimal Results, and Two BONUS Healthy Cocktail Recipes. Sign up below!

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Health and happiness,


Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
  1. I love your workouts! I’ve been saving them to figure out my new routine!

    1. That makes me so happy Amber! Thank you 😀

  2. Yup, I needed to see this! Reading fitness posts like yours truly motivate me to get more healthy!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

    1. Yes!!! So happy to help :). Keep checking back!

  3. You demonstrate these moves so well. I can print this out and follow along easily.

    1. Yay! Thank you Liz. I want to make it as straight forward as possible for you

  4. Your graphics are so amazing! I really need to step back into the world of fitness. I love the energy boost it gives me.

    1. Thanks :). Yes it’s amazing once you get in the groove!

  5. Can you exercise for me? I could really use some. Tee hee… I work shifts and it is impossible to find the time when no one is sleeping.

    1. Haha I wish! Do you have small children? There are some gyms that offer child care!

  6. This looks like such a terrific program. Your form is so good you inspire me to actually do this stuff on my own!! Thank you for that!

    1. Form is soooo important!!! The number 1 rule of fitness… Don’t get injured! I love that I can inspire you and show you that exercise is not a punishment Carol 🙂

  7. Wonderful excerise and workout program.

  8. I did this today and now my abs are sore lol 🙂 I found the plank tucks difficult to do right after the plank jacks. Can I change to order around a bit or is it fixed?

    1. Love this!! I ordered them back to back to make them more difficult :). If it’s too
      much then you can reorder but that was the point.

      1. lol 🙂 I knew it, you’re trying to torture me…just kidding! I already did it the hard way so I might as well try it again in that order. Thanks!

  9. I’m so out of shape I’m not sure I can do all of these but I’m going to try a few.

    1. Just take it at your own pace, Valerie. Modify as needed. Everyone starts somewhere 🙂

  10. I do these exercises regularly, but not regularly enough lol. They are actually some of my favorite exercises.

    1. I’m so glad you like them!! Hopefully this series will help you get in the habit 🙂

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