Flat Stomach Workout
A good stomach workout targets the different muscles in your stomach and does not just focus on one. You probably heard some of your friends mention they do around 500 sit-ups per day and brag about it. I’m telling you know that the workout I will be designing below is a hundred times better than doing one exercise hundreds of times.
Our stomach is not just one piece of muscle. It is divided into several parts which should be taken into consideration when designing focused stomach exercises.
1) Leg Raises
- Leg raises target your lower abdominal muscles which are probably the hardest to develop so make sure you make extra effort when and dedication when you perform them. Lie on your back with your legs extended and your arms on the side of your body. Slowly raise your legs a few inches off the floor while keeping them straight. Hold that position for about 10 seconds and bring it down again. Do about 10 repetitions and move on the next exercise.
2) Double Crunches
- Normal crunches are not too bad but with double crunches, you contract your muscles even more, resulting in more work done. Like on your back and put your hands behind your head. Slowly bring your upper body towards your knees and at the same bring your knees towards your knees, resulting in your stomach being contracted in both directions. Try to do 10 of these and move on the next exercise.
3) Ab Rollers
- This one requires a tool. Just find something that rolls well. I usually recommend a rounded dumbbell that rolls easily. You can find ab rollers in the market easily if you want to get the actual thing. To do the exercise, assume the push-up position, placing both your hands on the dumbbell or ab roller. Support this position by standing just on your toes. Now try to roll the dumbbell towards your stomach, resulting in your body arching a bit. Pause for a few moments then roll back to the original position. This exercise is extremely hard to do but rewards you with a good flat stomach. I recommend doing just five of these and move on to the next.
4) Crunches from side to side
- These will target your oblique muscles which are most often forgotten by most people to train. Assume a sit-up position putting your hands behind your head. Slowly bring your body upward but instead of bringing it straight up, make your left elbow touch your right knee then go back to your starting position. Do the same for your right elbow and your left knee. Do this exercise for 10 counts.
Having done all the exercises for one round, repeat all the exercises for 3 rounds, making sure to stop only after you have finished all four exercises. Do not stop after each exercise like most workouts. Make sure you do all four workouts continuously. This will exhaust your stomach easily resulting in more work done compared to doing 500-1000 sit-ups per day.