Openfit Quick Abs Workouts: What to Expect
You’re intrigued by the quick abs workouts on Openfit Live and on-demand, but you want to know what you’re getting into before you sign up. We get it. You have questions, the biggest of which is “Can just 10 to 15 minutes of core work really be effective?”
Openfit Trainer Rosie Cowen says it can be… with the right programming. “I totally believe that you can get a great core workout in as little as 15 minutes,” she says. “Openfit workouts target all the major core muscles, including the transverse abs muscles, [spinal] erector muscles, and the obliques. The workouts are structured to mix things up and keep things well-rounded. With change, you get change!”
Ready to learn more? We asked Rosie to weigh in on some of the most frequently asked questions about Openfit’s Live abs workouts, and here’s what she had to say.
What Kind of Workout Is an Abs Class on Openfit Live?
For real-time abs classes that clock in at 15 minutes or less, you have a couple of options:
- 10-Minute Abs blasts your rectus abdominis (the six-pack muscles) and engages your core, building strength, endurance, and muscle mass.
- Total Core Express focuses on strength and mobility, targeting all the muscles in your midsection. This quick class is ideal for those seeking washboard abs as well as anyone who wants to bolster their core stability and improve their posture.
Each abs class is structured to be efficient and user-friendly, Rosie explains. “The trainer explains exactly what to expect in the 30-second intro so that there will be no surprises,” she says. Following a brief, mobility-focused warm-up, the instructor moves students through short (less than a minute) exercise intervals interspersed with brief transitions. Classes often incorporate a quick water break and finish with a stretch.
What Will I Do in an Openfit Live Abs Class?
If you attend an Openfit Live abs class, you can expect a diverse mix of exercises that get you moving in every plane of motion. Rosie says to expect “anything from standing movements, exercises that have you lying face up or face down, plank variations, side-plank variations, crunch sit-up variations, and some Pilates moves.” Most movements can be modified or intensified to suit your fitness level.
I’ve Never Done This Kind of Workout Before — Can I Still Sign Up?
Yes, a Live Openfit abs class is appropriate for beginners and experienced exercisers alike. “A great advantage of these workouts is that they are short and uncomplicated moves — perfect for someone who’s just getting started,” Rosie says.
While simple, the movements are still challenging enough to build strength and stability. And if they’re too challenging, participants always have the option to regress or modify the movement. “Throughout the workout, the trainer will cue the easiest level of each move and encourage clients to start on the regression,” Rosie says.
Do I Need Equipment for This Class?
Rosie notes that an exercise or yoga mat can be useful during a Live abs class, but it’s not required. You will be spending some time on the floor, so make sure you pick a comfortable surface. Some classes may call for light or moderate dumbbells, but you can always substitute safe household objects or just use your own body weight.
How Do I Sign Up?
Once you’ve signed up for and downloaded the Openfit app, go to the Live Class Schedule screen and search for abs or core classes on the calendar. When you find the one you want, click Book a Spot and it will be added to your Openfit Live schedule. You’ll receive a text reminder 15 minutes prior to the start of class.
15-Minute Abs Workouts on Openfit On-Demand
Not able to attend a Live abs class? There are plenty of quick abs classes available through Openfit On-Demand.
Our series of 10-minute workouts offers four classes that specifically target the abs and core.
Part of the Xtend Barre program, Core Express combines ballet-inspired movements and Pilates for a 15-minute workout designed to strengthen and define the muscles of the midsection.
Available through XB Pilates, Express Abs offers nine minutes of no-nonsense ab work.