Flat Stomach Exercises

Secret to a Flat Stomach: Flat Stomach Exercises

There are a few tricks to flattening your stomach – if you really want that washboard look – you have to work your core muscles which are your abdominals. The secret to getting flat abdominals is to lengthen the muscles and that’s what the following flat stomach exercises will do for you.

Abdominal Leg Raise

Start by laying flat on your back on your mat, place your fingertips on either side of your head and raise you legs straight up over your hips.

flat stomach exercises
flat stomach exercises

So, then as you lower your legs, (not quite the whole way down) to the floor, and lift them up, you are flattening your abdominals because this movement is lengthening your abdominal muscle. You can take your legs half way down if it is too hard for you to lower them all the way down to the floor, or place your hands underneath your butt for added support. 

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flat stomach exercises
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Alternating Leg Raise

Another one of my favourite flat stomach exercises basically the same position as the above abdominal leg raise exercise, but you lower and raise one leg at a time – alternating legs. Again, this exercise is lengthening the abdominal muscles, which in turn helps to flatten the stomach.

flat stomach exercises - alternate legs
flat stomach exercises - alternate legs

Reverse Curl

This flat stomach exercise targets the uppermost part of the core as you lift and you lower your butt and legs. So, as you work it, lift slowly and lower slowly – try not to lift and slam your body back down – a nice fluid motion is what you need to be doing. Lift it slow, lower it slow.

 

abdominal reverse curl
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abdominal reverse curl
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These are three great flat stomach exercises that you can do – this is all about lengthening the muscle – and that is what is going to give you those flat, awesome looking, abdominals.

Try to do these exercises a minimum of two times per week, and if you can manage 12 – 15 repetitions each time that is great, working up to doing three sets of each.