4 Tips To A Flatter Stomach

by Tory McBroom

Ask any fitness trainer what question they get asked the most and they’ll most likely reply with “How do I get flat abs?” The answer is surprisingly simple (hint: it’s not doing 1000 crunches a day!), however achieving flat abs or even that coveted 6 pack look takes work.

Let’s take a look at some tips to help you achieve flatter abs as quick as possible.

Full Body Workout For Firmer Abs
Arguably the biggest mistake people make in their quest for a flat, firm stomach is that they start doing loads and loads of ab exercises.  You should instead treat your abs like any muscle group and exercise them as part of a full body workout. Would you do 100 bench presses to build up your chest?  No. So, try mixing in some resistance exercises for your abs and keeping the repetitions between 8 and 20.

Calories Count
Everybody has abs. The problem for many is that their abs are covered by fat, which is why they can’t see them.  So, in order to flatten your stomach and show your abs you need to lose body fat.  But, as mentioned before, doing a thousand crunches a day isn’t going to burn the fat off your belly.  Unfortunately, you can’t spot reduce fat so you’ll need to reduce your overall body fat percentage by exercising more and/or consuming less calories.

Straighten Up
Want an instant flatter stomach without breaking a sweat?  Then stand up straight!  When you slouch your stomach pooches out. So, work on your posture when standing – keep your back straight, your shoulders back – and draw your belly button in towards your spine.

Keep Goals Realistic
Don’t set a goal that you want Janet Jackson’s abs by the end of the month.  There’s two things wrong with this; First – genetics play a large role in how your abs will look, so achieving the look of somebody else’s abs is impossible.  Secondly, the time frame in which you expect to have a flat stomach needs to be realistic.  It takes a lot of hard work and time to achieve a flat stomach and even more if you want that 6-pack.  Give it time and hard work and you will reap the rewards!

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Belly Flab woman June 28, 2010 at 8:43 am

how cool are these tips, so easy

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Anne June 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm

I’m all about simple fitness tips too and I really like that you gave tips that people can do right now – without a gym membership. :)

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Tory McBroom July 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

Thanks! Ya, a gym membership isn’t needed to get in shape, although some may find it beneficial.

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