While the road to a flat tummy does not involve doing just focused tummy trimming exercises, I want to share with you some tummy exercises that you can do at home and which can help you to flatten your stomach fast.
Note: Before we get started, please remember that to get perfect abs also requires healthy and sensible eating habits and a full body strength and cardio training routine. This is why I recommend a complete diet and fitness approach such as the highly recommended Truth About Abs Program offers.
All of the exercises I will share here can be done at home with minimal or no equipment whatsoever. This doesn’t mean that they’re less effective than those workouts that you can do in a gym or with a special ab machine such as the Ab Circle Pro, for instance. On the contrary, they may be even more powerful.
Here are the exercises included in this article:
Here are some Tummy Trimming Exercises To Do At Home
1. The Plank
The Plank is one of my favorite exercises. This is a static exercise that places a great deal of strain on the entire core muscles. I’ve often found it incredible that in an exercise where you keep perfectly still you can still feel like your abs are on fire.
To do the plank, lie flat on the floor face down and lift yourself up on your toes and forearms as you can see on the picture to the right.
Make sure to keep your back straight and at one line with your neck and head.
Hold this position while clenching your stomach muscles in and breathing normally. In a matter of seconds you will feel a massive strain in your abs. Hold for as long as you can and slowly lower yourself to the mat. Repeat this up to 3 times per tummy workout.
2. Diagonal Crunches
As you can see in the picture to the right, the position is simple: Bend the right knee and place that foot firmly on the ground. Bend the left leg and place that foot to rest on the other thigh.
Place your left hand behind your head and lift your upper body toward the left knee (later you will switch sides, of course). Make sure to not bend your head forward to avoid straining your neck. Try to bring your elbow in the direction of your left knee but you don’t need to for them to touch.
Go down slowly while inhaling but don’t rest your upper back on the mat until you finish with your set. Make sure to train evenly on both sides.
3. Bicycle Crunch
To do the bicycle crunch, lie on a mat or a rug and stretch both legs forward. Bend your right knee and lift that foot slightly in the air as you can see on the picture to your right.
Your left leg should remain straight but it too should be elevated 2-3 inches above the floor. Place both hands behind your head and try to open your elbows to the sides as this makes the exercise harder.
Lift your upper body by trying to bring your left elbow and your right knee together. Then, lower your upper body toward the mat without resting it completely on it, straighten your right leg and bend the left toward your chest while rising once more with your right elbow toward the left knee. This creates a bicycle like movement which can be quite intensive. As you’re never lowering your legs to the ground until the end of the exercise, you can expect to feel your stomach straining very quickly.
4. Stability Ball Crunch
Lie back on the stability ball and keep both feet firmly on the floor. Place both hands behind your head for balance. Keep your eyes on the ceiling to make it easy to keep a straight neck.
Raise your upper body upward a bit and clench your abs hard at the top of the movement. Hold that position for a second and lower yourself slowly downward.
Make sure to not overextend your back on the way down. You don’t need a long range of motion with this exercise. Find that sweet spot range where your stomach is straining the most.
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There are many more tummy trimming and slimming exercises that you can do at home. However, do these four to start with and you should see excellent results as long as you also eat right. For an excellent program to get a flat tummy check out the How To Get Ripped Abs Program by John Alvino.
This program should help teach you what you need to know on how to eat properly and train to get a really flat stomach fast.
Here are some more home abdominal exercises you can do: