I believe that men and women can lose their belly fat and get flat lower abs with fast fat loss workouts. I even believe you can “spot reduce” and lose your tummy fat with a specific type of exercise — and no, it’s not ab crunches. Plus, specific abdominal exercises can flatten your lower abs.
The classic ab crunch is generally a waste of time because the ab crunch doesn’t work the entire main ab muscle (rectus abdominis). There are other better, unique ab exercises that men and women can do to flatten their lower abs.
And if you want to lose belly fat, forget about doing long, slow boring cardio for fat loss. You’ll get more results in less time in your fat burning workouts by using interval training for fat loss. This was proven by a research study from Australia, who found that only interval training helped women lose belly fat, while doing cardio for twice as long did not!
Some of my favorite abdominal exercises can be done with just your bodyweight or need only a common exercise ball.
Here’s a list of just a few of my favorite total body ab exercises that will help you get a flat stomach (provided you combine these exercises with interval training for fat loss):
Ball Ab Rollouts
Kneel on a mat and place your clasped hands on the top of a medium sized ball. Brace your abs and slowly lean forward and roll your hands over the ball while the ball moves away from your body. Keep your body in a straight line and go as far as you can with perfect form. Contract your abs and reverse the motion to return to the upright position.
Hanging Leg Raise
Hang from a chin-up bar using an underhand grip. Brace your abs. With a slight bend in your knees, curl your hips back and raise your legs up in front of you until they are parallel to the floor. Don’t use momentum. Go slow and controlled both ways.
Raise your body in a straight line so that your body hovers over the mat. Keep your back straight and your hips up. Hold your abs tight. Contract them as if someone was about to punch you in the stomach, but breath normally.