Achieving a flat stomach involves more than just exercising your abs!
If your goal is to sculpt a firm, flat stomach, first understand one thing: it involves more than just exercising your abs. These moves will help shape and build your abdominal muscles (increasing your core strength in the process), but if you want those muscles to be visible (think, six-pack ab style) then you’ll have to get rid of any extra fat around the area too.
That means you’ll need to implement a combination of cardio and strength training to create a total-body exercise routine. (Bonus points: most of these ab exercises work multiple muscle groups!) One of the most important things to understand about exercise and fat loss, is that you cannot “spot treat” certain areas.
Where your body chooses to store extra fat is highly based on your genetics. In the same sense, you can’t tell your body where to lose fat first. Ab exercises build your ab muscles, but they won’t specifically burn the fat surrounding the area.
So, in addition to including these eight epic ab exercises in your regular workout routine, be sure to incorporate other varied workouts so that you can build muscle and burn fat all over.
This list includes five innovative and highly effective ab exercises (I know they are because I tried them all) from Kelvin Gary, NASM certified personal trainer and owner of Body Space Fitness in New York City, as well as three of my own favorite core moves that I picked up while training and working with clients at various gyms.