Flat Belly Workouts are the name of today’s game, TPS Fit Squad!
Raise your hand if you struggle with crunches! I used to as well! You can kiss the Crunch-mobile goodbye with my Top 3 Best Flat Belly Workouts. Yes, this is a Crunch-Free Zone!
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
This has got to be my absolute fave form of flat belly workouts…yes, CARDIO!
We need cardio in our flat belly workouts in order to burn the fat off! And what better way to do just that than with a quick, yet very intense workout.
How quick, you might be wondering? How does 12, 15, 18 minutes sound? Yup, that’s how a long HIIT workout needs to be. The key is to make it intense! You’re not phoning in your flat belly workouts when you’re doing HIIT! If you want the payoff of a quick workout that burns off belly fat, then it’s gotta be intense.
Here’s a HIIT workout you can do right at home in under 10 minutes (yes, you do have the time for this, set your priorities right and get er’ done!):
- High Knees
- Ski Jumps
- Seal Jacks
- Plank Dips
Work for 30 seconds with little to no rest between all four exercises. Repeat the set three times. Rest for 30 seconds after each set. These quick flat belly exercises get you in and out of your workout so you can get on with the rest of your day.
If you find it hard to get your workout in (even a super short one like this), then set your alarm an hour earlier each day you plan to workout (4-5 days a week is ideal for a flatter belly). 60 minutes gives you enough time for a quick pre-workout snack (1/2 banana or a carb drink will do the trick nicely), your warm up, workout, cool down/stretch and shower.
See…it can be done, you just have to prioritize your day!
Coming in second place as my next fave type of workout is Circuit Training.
A typical circuit training workout includes about 8-10 exercises. After completing an exercise, instead of resting, you move quickly to the next exercise. A muscular strength and endurance circuit alternates muscle groups, such as upper body, lower body and core, so little or no rest is needed in between exercises.
If you want an even quicker workout that the HIIT circuit I suggested above, then Tabata training is the answer to your prayers.
Each exercise in a given Tabata workout lasts only four minutes, but it’s likely to be one of the longest four minutes you’ve ever endured. The structure of the program is as follows:
- Workout hard for 20 seconds
- Rest for 10 seconds
- Complete 8 rounds ~ active.com
Seeing as a Tabata workout is so short, your intensity must be extreme for a Tabata workout to be effective. If you’re just starting a workout routine for the first time in your life, or haven’t worked out regularly in the last 6 months (and by regularly I mean 4-5x/week consistently), start with the other two suggestions, a HIIT workout or some Circuit Training first.
But, if you’re ready to challenge yourself (you go, girl!) and take it up a notch, try this Tabata for your next flat belly exercise workout:
Give one or all of these workouts a try in the next 30 days. Find which one(s) you like the best and include them in your weekly flat belly exercise workouts!
Waste of Time Exercises
These exercises, while good at targeting your abs specifically, will not shrink the belly fat around your abdomen. Unfortunately, you can’t spot reduce a particular body part. If you could, I’d be first in line for a set of washboard abs lol 😉
Plus, they do put an inordinate amount of pressure on your spine and core, while not really doing anything good for your body:
- sit ups
- side bends, espesh using dumbbells! All this does is build up your obliques (muscles on the side of your body/tummy), giving the appearance of a thicker waist and mid-section.
- the ab roller (at the gym)
- twisting ab machine (at the gym)
- incline sit ups
It goes without saying that you need to find what works best for you. Sometimes though, that’s hard to figure out with all the information and mis-information out the
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