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How to Lose Belly Fat

How to Lose Belly Fat

You’re looking for the best abdominal exercise routine for developing flat, tight abdominal muscles, right? Every year there are dozens of new exercises, fitness classes, products, gadgets and routines claiming to sculpt and strengthen those ab muscles like no other. And while some of these may offer a new approach to working your abs, many are ineffective and may even increase your risk of injury. 

Toned abdominal muscles serve a very important role in helping to stabilize your back. Although there are literally thousands of exercises out there, here are 11 basics guaranteed to work your upper, lower and oblique abdominal muscles.

Train your LOWER ABS first

They usually are the most difficult and will tire you out faster. So to ensure you give them the workout they deserve, make them number one on your list of your ab workouts.

 Reverse Crunch

Reverse Crunch

Reverse crunch

Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet together just above the floor. Keeping your knees bent, contract your lower abs and slowly bring your knees up into your chest, lifting your butt up off the floor. (You’re curling up into a ball.) Once you’ve curled up as far as you can, hold for a few seconds, then slowly return to the starting position.

When you effectively isolate the lower abs, they fatigue quickly. Move through this exercise slowly with focus and you’ll really feel the lower abs burn. Remember to breathe out as you curl your legs into your chest, and in as you lower your legs.

 

Training the Core

Training the Core

Versa Gripps Outperform Gloves and Lifting Straps

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