For Helen Owen, fitness is a non-negotiable part of her daily life. The lifestyle influencer with over 1.6 million followers often posts full-body workout videos and has an entire highlight on her page dedicated to fitness. And after watching her break a sweat on the ‘gram, we wanted to know more of her fitness habits. So, we tapped Owen to share her go-to toning regimen with us. Her signature six-minute workout requires no equipment and targets her two favorite areas: glutes and abdominals. “This six-minute workout is effective because it’s a manageable commitment that will still get you moving, sweating, and targeting certain muscles,” Owen says.
Quick workouts like this one are easy to complete and Owen says these bodyweight exercises are so simple, you’ll want to do them daily. “If you are consistent with your workouts, whether they are daily quick six-minute burns or longer weekly workouts, you’ll begin to build up those muscles after just a week. A few weeks in, and you’ll build up your strength,” she says.
And while she loves the results that this toning workout affords, she loves the feeling that it brings more. “Your body will feel good afterward, and you’ll begin to look forward to that feeling,” she tells us. “The most rewarding experience that I have had from being active and finding effective workouts is always noticing how much stronger and more capable my body grows over time.”
From how she likes to warm up to how she works her core, Owen provided us with all of the tips and tricks needed to tone our bodies. Keep scrolling to see Owen demonstrate all of the moves in her toning routine.
Optional Warm-Up: 60 seconds
Helen's tip: "These first four moves are meant to slowly ease you into the workout by allowing your body to adjust to some more gentle movements, gradually increasing in intensity. The first two movements incorporate stretching, which is important before and after working out. Then we start warming up and raising our heart rate with skaters and side lunges."
Walk-Outs with Shoulder Taps: 15 seconds
The World’s Greatest Stretch: 15 seconds
Skaters: 15 seconds
Side Lunge Left and Right: 15 seconds
Glutes: 3 minutes
Lateral Squat Walk with Jump Squat: 30 seconds
"Kick into gear with this squat walk to squat jump! You’ll fire up your glutes and quads and raise your heart rate with the jumps."
Reverse Lunge Left and Right: 30 seconds
"Moving right into the next one, these lunges are going to target your glutes. Option to slow down for a more controlled movement or speed it up to keep your heart rate up!"
Curtsey Lunge Right and Left: 30 seconds
"This is a great move for your outer glutes! The further you can get your foot back, the more you’ll target that area."
Fire Hydrant to Back Kick: 30 seconds
"You’re done standing up! Yay! These are great for the booty and even better if you squeeze and hold for a second while you kick."
Glute Bridge to Knee Extension: 30 seconds
"Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze that booty to make this move more effective."
Frog Glute Bridge: 30 seconds
"Keep your feet together and at the top of each thrust, squeeze your booty."
CORE: 3 minutes
Russian Twists: 30 seconds
"Try to hover your feet as close to the ground as possible without touching! This will activate your core."
Candle Sticks: 30 seconds
"Do these slow and controlled to make sure you are using your core to stabilize as you move. Hover your feet a few inches above the floor when you come down, don’t let your legs fall."
Heel Touches: 30 seconds
"This is a great move for the obliques! Try to activate the abs as much as possible to maximize the movement. "
Fly Combo Crunch: 30 seconds
"When you crunch, hug your knees to ensure you’re lifting your shoulders off the ground enough to burn the abs! Hold weights in your hands for a more difficult modification."
Leg Raise Scissor Kicks: 30 seconds
"Try to do these flutter kicks as controlled as you can while holding your shoulders off the ground."
Side Dips Left and Right: 30 seconds
"Another one for the obliques, or the sides of your core. If you need to, you can stabilize by staggering your feet instead of stacking them. When you come up, push your hips up as high as you can!"