From Dr. Oz The Good Life
We love how relatable Adele is when it comes to... well, everything. But especially when it comes to fitness: Because if this expression
isn't how we all feel about working out sometimes, then what is?
Plus, the singer has super relatable fitness goals: "To get in shape for myself, but not to be a size zero or anything like that," she told Rolling Stone in 2015.
How exactly does she do that? Celebrity trainer Pete Geracimo recently shared the easy plank workout that he starts all his clients on - including Adele - during an interview with People.
Ugh, but does it have to be planks? Yes, Geracimo says. "I love planks, and planks work. Because if you have any kind of back problems, doing crunches is not going to help."
Okay, maybe he has a point there.
For clients like Adele (he helped her shape up for her recent 25 worldwide tour), Geracimo emphasizes building a strong core before anything else.
"My whole basis is that I start from the core, and work peripherally, because that's your foundation for all your strength and your well-being," he told People. "For me it's not all about the big muscles. Exercise is supposed to improve our lives, not impede it, and sometimes if you just stick to the big bodybuilding, you're shortening all your muscles and then all of a sudden your major motion is lessened."
How to Do Adele's 'Seven Minutes in Heaven' Ab Workout
Okay, so planks are kind of the worst. But luckily, Geracimo breaks down his beginning ab workout step-by-step, minute-by-minute, so you can easily try the 'Seven Minutes in Heaven' workout at home.
Minute 1: Classic hand plank hold
"You start off on your hands, with your arms locked out and your back straight," Geracimo says.
Minutes 2 and 3: Side planks
"After that minute, you go on one forearm, and you turn sideways," he says. "You can raise your arm up or put it on your hip. Then you switch to the other side after a minute."
Minute 4: Forearm plank
"This movement is similar to minute one, but instead of holding it on your hands, you're down on your forearms."
Minute 5: Table plank
"You're doing a table hold, so you're sitting on your butt [with your chest facing up], with your knees bent, and you push your butt up with your forearms down on the ground."
Minute 6: Dish plank
"Lying on your back, lift your legs, arms and shoulders off the ground. Point your toes and hold your legs at about a 45 degree angle."
Minute 7: Superman
"Laying on your stomach, move in the opposite direction, lifting your arms and legs up while keeping your core on the ground."
"That's a great test that I give to everyone and see how they cope," he says. "Some people stop at 10 seconds, they're shaking and shaking. Its okay, if you fall you fall, if you drop you drop. You have to breathe."
Not challenging enough?
"If you're looking for a challenge, it's 10 to 15 seconds max to get yourself into the next pose," Geracimo says. "But once you get good, it's no rest, it's right into the next and the next. But when you start, you can do 10 seconds of each one, so it's 70 seconds of heaven. And keep going up from there."
With just a seven-minute ask, even the busiest of women has to admit they can squeeze that in. Time to get started!