Getting that toned fit stomach isn’t just a way to look good, but it helps create a stronger overall body.
That’s why this area is called the core. It helps stabilize all the body’s movements, and it’s where all our power comes from. Featured in this list are some of the best exercises to get that trim and flat stomach you want.
High intensity interval training or HIIT is the ultimate fat burning tool.Athletes in all sports use a variation of this exercise technique to build explosiveness, endurance, and to strengthen their stomach. There are many individual exercises available in HIIT. Here are some of the best:
This fast exercise will have your heart rate pumping at a steady rate.
A Pub Med study showed that these exercises have:
“numerous benefits…. Especially weight loss.. are amplified with HIIT”
HIIT training can be done with several other exercises as long as it’s performed at a sprints pace, and with no stopping. You’re always performing some movement even if it’s not full force.
This form of jump training has you push out as much force as you can for a short period of time. It’s also used by all athletes to help support explosive realistic movements, and of course helping burn fat for a strong core.
You can set up a box or stable platform to jump on or over, though you can also do it without any equipment.
The great thing about this exercise is that there are several variations. You can jump side to side, try and jump as high as you can, jump off of and unto an elevated platform, skip from each leg, and much more.
The University of Tennessee also confirmed that plyometric exercises were beneficial for reducing risk of injuries:
“strategy for improving neuromuscular attributes that are believed to reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury”
Since you can do this exercise anywhere and without equipment, it’s a valuable tool for getting a trim stomach.
These kinds of exercises work your entire body, and much of its strength relies on the core.
You’ll often see variations of each of these exercises that help target specific parts of your stomach:
“thick, strong muscle fibers… that require heavy work to properly train”
Since the deadlift can be one of the most demanding exercises, it’s a great way to make a stomach trim.
Though deadlifts need a barbell to properly perform, you can do bodyweight squats if you have no equipment. All athletes practice both of these compound exercises, since they help improve overall muscle strength.
The impact on flattening a stomach though compound exercises is significant, since all the power comes from the abdominals.
There are certain exercises that are intended to target just one muscle group. Some of these same exercises are often not mentioned as an ab workout, but they do require the abdominals to provide stabilization:
More so than long distance running, a quick intense session of sprinting is effective for boosting metabolism, burning fat, and helping to tone your entire body.
Sprints require your entire core to be used since your exerting so much force. The benefits of this exercise is that it’s quick, easy to use, and you can do it without any equipment.