Don’t Ask Bobby Maximus About Abs, or You’ll Have to Survive This Workout

While the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has halted the cadence of everyday life for just about everyone, the world is now beginning to adjust. We’re all handling the challenges of social distancing and self-isolation differently—but that doesn’t mean that we have to go it completely alone in every sense.

At Men’s Health, we’re using this period as an opportunity to build up our community and share as much useful, positive information as possible. For everyone stuck missing their typical workout routines with gyms and fitness centers closed down, we’ve done our best to provide as many at-home workout options as possible. But that’s just the start. We’re also hosting live workout sessions on Instagram with some of our favorite trainers to fill the fitness class-shaped void in your daily routine.

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Bobby Maximus, former UFC fighter, fitness personality, and author of the Men’s Health Maximus Body book, hosted the latest session. Maximus makes a point to train without equipment even when he has a fully-stocked gym at his disposal—so creating an accessible session for guys stuck at home without access to gear fits perfectly to his training style.

This workout is a variation of a routine Maximus has made infamous. The ab session is meant to serve as a response to everyone who wants exciting new six-pack shreds for every day of the week—Bobby doesn’t play that. “A lot of the work that I do in the gym is functional,” he says. “What do I mean by functional? We’re not sitting on machines, we’re not doing isolation exercises—we’re working our body from head to toe.” That includes the abs.

But people still ask for isolation. “When people keep bothering me, I give them this workout,” he says. “And then they don’t ask again, due to extreme soreness.”

If you’re up for the challenge, grab a timer and get ready to work.

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Bobby Maximus’ Don’t Ask Me About Abs Again Workout

Work for 5 minutes total, performing the exercises in order for 30 seconds on, then take 30 seconds off. During the 30 second rest period, do 5 pushups. If you want to take on the full session, repeat for 3 total rounds.

  • Situps
  • V-Sit Kick Outs
  • Pushup Position Plank
  • Leg Raises
  • Flutter Kick

    Stay up to date with our workouts every single weekday at 12 p.m. ET. Want to keep up with the sessions you’ve missed? Check out the whole collection here.

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    Brett Williams, an associate fitness editor at Men’s Health, is a NASM-CPT certified trainer and former pro football player and tech reporter who splits his workout time between strength and conditioning training, martial arts, and running.

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