Core Training and Ab Exercises
Trainers’ Favorite Exercises for a Flat Belly
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Kristin Anderson, celebrity fitness trainer and founder of MyDailyTrainer.com
Favorite ab move: Half get-up
How you do it: Lie on your back and extend your right arm straight up and your left arm out to the side but off the ground. Bend your right knee, right foot flat on the floor, and your left leg extended. Slightly tuck your chin, keep your right arm and hand moving upward, contract your abdominal muscles, and lift your torso up off the floor close to your bent knee. Your left leg should not leave the floor, and your arms are still extended upward and out to the side. Lower your torso to the starting position with as much control as you had on the way up. That’s 1 rep. Repeat for 10 reps, and then switch sides. If you need to, keep your left hand on the floor for support. For added difficultly, hold a weight in the arm that is extended upward.
Why it works: “The half get-up works your entire trunk: your abs, obliques, back, and hip muscles,” she says.