Let’s be honest: if we could order flatter stomachs online, that particular company’s stock would be sold out in seconds. A flat stomach is a common wish and goal shared by many people, and while localized fat reduction in areas such as your gut can be a difficult challenge, it can be done. In fact, you can get a flatter stomach by doing the right quick daily exercises we have for you today.
Eat this, not that! reached out to Kelly Najjar, a personal trainer on Fyt, the nation’s largest personal training service that makes fitness under the expert guidance of a certified fitness professional, in-person or virtual, convenient and accessible to everyone. As for your intestinal area, you need to do specific exercises. Najjar tells us, “Targeting your core muscles will help your posture and provide muscle support for your stomach, helping to hold everything in.”
Read on to learn more about the workout plan that Najjar has designed especially for those who want to get a flatter stomach. And then don’t miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong, Toned Arms in 2022, the trainer says.
The Russian Twist targets your side oblique muscles. This movement will help you pull on your “love handles” and give you an hourglass figure. Najjar points out, “The Russian twist also helps define the shoulders and hips. This unique exercise offers many benefits in a very short time.”
To begin, sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you. Lean your body back until you are positioned at a 45 degree angle. Keep your hands above your chest, then rotate your trunk to the right, then to the left, then return to the center position with a full twist. Najjar recommends performing 3 sets, each for 30 seconds.
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According to Najjar, “You wouldn’t build a house without a strong foundation. Building a strong, flat stomach requires a strong foundation. The dead bug works the deep abdominal muscles that provide a brace to your spine. Deep, strong abs help pull everything in and more.”
Start your Dead Bugs flat on your back, keeping your knees bent. Your arms should point towards the ceiling and your shins parallel to the floor. Najjar continues, “Simultaneously extend your right leg forward until it’s a few inches off the floor and your left arm straight back and in line with your ear. Hold the position for a few seconds, then return to the starting position. “Repeat this move on the other side, doing one full rep. Perform 3 sets of 10 reps on both sides.
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The Glute Bridge March will activate your deep abdominal muscles and your six-pack muscles, so get excited. Performing glute bridge walks daily will result in toned abs and a much smoother stomach. Najjar notes, “An added benefit of the glute bridge walk is a nice, toned back.”
To begin this exercise, lie on your back with your arms at your sides and your knees bent. Activate your core by bringing your torso up, aligning it with your thighs forming a 45 degree angle. “Once this position is accomplished, keep your knees bent as you lift it toward your navel until your shin is parallel to the ceiling. Lower your leg to return to a bridge position,” Najjar explains. Repeat this movement with the opposite leg, doing 1 repetition. Perform 3 sets of 12 repetitions for this exercise.
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