- I tried to follow Gigi Hadid‘s ab workout as explained by her trainer.
- It took me a few tries to get a hang of the routine but it eventually got easier.
- The moves she uses are simple, easy for anyone to do, and really work your core.
Like many people, I promised myself that this the year I’d finally tone my abs and get into great shape. But the reality is ab work is hard and I rarely muster the will to do it. So when I had the opportunity to work out like Gigi Hadid, a model notorious for her killer abs, I felt like I finally had the motivation I needed.
First things first: I did some research into what exactly Hadid does to stay in great shape. Lucky for me, Hadid frequently trains with Rob Piela, owner of Gotham Gym in NYC, and he’s spoken to a variety of outlets about the sort of work he does with Hadid. Also lucky for me, it turns out Hadid maintains her fit physique doing some pretty do-able exercises. According to Piela, he frequently mixes up Hadid’s routine, but she loves boxing, so I mostly stuck to this workout.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Warm up the core with 10 minutes of boxing.
- Perform three sets of 40 crunches each.
- Raise your heart rate with 10 minutes of boxing.
- Perform three sets of 40 bicycle crunches each, kicking each leg out once per bicycle.
- Box for another 10 minutes.
- Take a plank pose to hit the transverse abdominals, holding for about 60 seconds, or as long as you can maintain good form.
- Super-set straight into leg raises to hit the lower abdominals, performing four sets of 25 leg raises each.
Day 1: It was actually not as bad as I thought it would be, though I hesitate to say it was easy.
Everything went pretty much according to plan, except I definitely didn’t do 40 of each exercise because I am not in Gigi Hadid shape and can’t easily go from zero core work to 120 reps for each exercise.
Instead, I did 30, 35, and then 40 repetitions of both types of crunches (although I will say, I had to take some big breaks during the bicycle crunches because those are not easy). The plank was also surprisingly easy, and I could definitely feel my core engage after getting warmed up by the other exercises.
As far as the boxing, I’d never really done it as a form of cardio (I usually run on an elliptical), so I wasn’t totally sure what to do, and I felt like I wasn’t getting a great workout. But that’s probably more due to my lack of training than the actual efficiency of boxing.
All in all, it was definitely a tough workout but not as bad as I thought a Hadid routine would be.
Day 2: I started to feel incredibly sore.
I repeated the same workout on day two and it went mostly without a hitch.
Once again, I didn’t do 40 repetitions of each exercise every time, and instead did 35, 40, and 40 (progress). But the bicycle crunches were no easier, and I had to take frequent breaks. The workout was hard – but the worst part was after.
I must have hit the punching bag the wrong way because my right hand was in such pain all day that I could barely write with it. As the day went on, my entire body – especially my core – also started to feel incredibly sore. I took it as a sign that I was really putting it to work.
Day 3: I took a much-needed rest.
My body was definitely feeling the toll from my intense workouts, so I decided to take a break on day three. After all, Piela said Hadid does her core work four days a week, so as long as I got in another two, I’d still be sticking to the Hadid regimen.
Day 4: I tried my hand at jumping rope.
By day four, my body felt a lot less sore but my hands still hurt from hitting the punching bag, so I skipped it and jumped rope to get in my cardio instead (Piela said this is another cardio exercise that’s a good swap for boxing).
Jumping rope for a total of 20 minutes was a lot harder than it was when I was a kid, but I got through it with a couple of breaks. I did feel like it also provided a much more intense workout than hitting a punching bag. Aside from the change in cardio, I did everything else exactly as I had before.
I still struggled with the bicycle crunches but actually reached the goal of 40 repetitions for each set of the other exercises, so there was definitely progress.
Day 5: I went above and beyond.
For day five, I switched back to boxing and kept everything else the same. I was feeling a lot more confident with the routine and I was able to follow it to a T. I even added an extra 30 seconds into my plank for an extra challenge.
Overall, Gigi’s ab workout was definitely simple, easy to follow, and effective.
Obviously, it would take a long time to get Gigi-level abs (and likely a change in my diet as well) and I wasn’t expecting any immediate results. But I was still very happy with the way the routine worked my abs.
I think it’s definitely something I’ll be doing in the future – of course adding more reps to increase the challenge as I go. I’ll also likely switch the cardio to running since I feel it’s a better way to get my heart rate up. I’m sure boxing with a partner can really get your heart going, but it’s easy to slack off and not really work your body when all you’re doing is punching a bag.
Overall, though, I would recommend the workout if you’re looking for a simple way to work your abs without any equipment.
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