In the last couple of days, have you seen an ad for a miracle tea or a tiny pill promising to deliver a flat belly? Don’t believe it. If science had engineered a shortcut to abs, we would all be sporting six packs already. The truth is the only way to a smooth stomach is a clean diet and a committed exercise regime. Today, we’ll be going over the second of these: the most effective workouts for a flat belly!
These three flat belly workouts combine cardio with abdominal exercises. In order to get well-defined abs, it’s important to target all the major muscles in your core. This includes the rectus abdominis (the front of your abs that gives that six-pack shape), your internal and external obliques (sides of your abs), and the transverse abdominis (internal corset).
Targeting your entire core helps create more muscle, which enhances definition and boosts fat-burning throughout your body. These ab workouts use different exercises to target your whole middle section. Combined with some fat-burning cardio, they’re the best recipe for a toned flat belly!
If you still haven’t boarded the interval-training fan train, now is the time! Interval training has long been used by athletes to build lean muscle and improve endurance.
In recent years, it has grown in popularity as the mainstream fitness community learns about its numerous benefits. It’s incredibly efficient at torching body fat, and it boosts your metabolism in such a way that you continue to burn calories for hours after you leave the gym! Talk about efficient!
That’s one of the reasons why we love Tabata for abs. In order to get a flat stomach, you need to burn fat while you strengthen your core muscles. This workout is perfect for that! And since it takes just 10 minutes, it’s easy to add it onto the end of your regular routine.
This workout also uses intervals to maximize fat-burn. We call it the ultimate ab workout because it’s CHALLENGING! It combines cardio and strength training in one ultimate-package for a complete workout meant to leave you sweaty.
Burpees, mountain climbers, bicycle crunches, and Russian twists all raise your heart rate quickly. Side bends use weights to challenge the obliques. And you wrap things up with a 40-second plank to leave your muscles shaking!
Our final flat belly workout is this 3-minute plank challenge. The plank is one of the most simple exercises out there, yet its effectiveness is unrivaled.
Using nothing but bodyweight, it targets your abs, shoulders, and arms. In order to get the most out of this 3-minute challenge, focus on maintaining good plank form. This means keep your hips in line so you’re straight as a board.
If you let your hips sag, you’ll be putting all the strain in your back (ouch!). Keeping your hips too high and your butt in the air, means your core isn’t engaged. Find a neutral position where your abs are nice and tight.
For side planks, it’s also important to keep proper form. Watch the video before you begin and don’t let your hips sag towards the floor. Raise them up high!
And those are our three top abs workouts for a flat stomach!
Show your abs some love! These workouts are short enough that you can add them to the end of your regular routine. We suggest doing abs about 2-3 times per week. And of course, don’t forget that a flat stomach is impossible without a clean diet. Check out our 10 Best Flat Belly Dinner Recipes!