Amazing Ab Exercises For A Flat Belly: Planks
Planks are like the chicken and sweet potatoes of the fitness world: They’re powerful staples that get the job done, but do them the same way every workout, and boom: Suddenly, you don’t want to hear your instructor utter the word “plank,” let alone hold one for, “Just another 30 seconds!” That’s why we put together this roundup of ridiculously effective core-toning moves that you haven’t already done a zillion times. They’ll freshen up your routine and help you see results even faster.
Amazing Ab Exercises For A Flat Belly: Pilates Saw
Why we love it: It targets the muscles that help pull in the sides of your belly and elongates your spine—and it’s very simple to do.
Try it: Sit with your legs extended in front of you, slightly wider than your mat, pressing out through your heels and lifting up through your spine. Raise your arms out to your sides, parallel to the floor, and inhale. Then, twist your torso to the right, bringing your left hand toward your right foot, as if you were trying to saw off your baby toe with your left pinky. Hold for 3 breaths. Come back up to a sitting position, inhaling as you sit up even straighter, and repeat on the left side. That’s 1 set. Do 3 sets.
Amazing Ab Exercises For A Flat Belly: Tummy Tuck
Why we love it: It fires up your entire core, including your lower abs.
Try it: Get into a plank position on a slippery surface (like a hardwood or tile floor), with your toes on a hand towel or a paper plate. Keep your abs tight and relax your shoulders away from your ears. Pulling your belly toward your spine, round your back and pull your knees toward your chest, inhaling as you scoop in your abs. Exhale and shoot your feet back out to starting position. If the move is too hard at first, try doing it in a forearm plank position or start with your hands elevated on a sturdy chair. Aim for 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps.