If you want to flatten your belly, this article will show you the best flat belly workout for abs and obliques to do at home.
You may have heard that abs are built in the kitchen. That’s true! But you must do ab and oblique workouts to keep your belly flat and firm.
This workout targets your ab and oblique muscles at the same time. If you do it consistently, you may notice a difference in your midsection in less than 7 days. You’ll even be surprised to find out that this workout is more effective than machine ab workouts.
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If you don’t know how to perform any of the exercises in this routine properly, watch the demonstrations below the video.
Flat Belly Workout for Abs and Obliques
You’ll notice that I have repeated heel touches several times in this flat belly workout. That’s because this exercise is excellent for sculpting your oblique muscles.
Make sure your feet are a few inches away from your butt. Keep your feet too close to the butt makes the exercise less effective because it reduces the range of motion.
Keep your head and upper back off the floor. Lastly, remember to pose in the middle for 1 second before touching the opposite heel.
Scissor kicks are very popular and you’ve probably done them before. They target your rectus abdominis.
Make sure your lower back is resting on the floor as you perform this exercise. Placing your hands under your butt makes it easier for your lower back to touch the floor.
Perform the scissor kicks at a moderate pace and lower your feet until they almost touch the floor.
This exercise is great for challenging the core. It requires you to hold the plank on one leg on each rep.
Keep your shoulders, hips, and knees in a straight line. Bend one knee sideways and bring it forward until it almost touches your triceps. Return it to starting position and bend the opposite knee.
Note that lowering your head can lead to neck pain, keep your neck in its neutral position.
Ab Roll Ups
This exercise should be in every flat belly workout because it’s extremely effective. It will tone your rectus abdominis.
You can perform this exercise with your knees bent or with your feet straight. Try both variations to see which one is easier for you.
Control your motion while returning your back to starting position by lowering it slowly instead of letting it fall.
Sitting Side Punches
This abs and obliques exercise will boost your cardiovascular endurance. But you have to maintain proper form to get the most out of it.
First, make sure you lean back and keep your back slightly curved. Secondly, squeeze your ab and oblique muscles every time you throw a punch.
Perform the exercise as fast as possible and make sure you don’t arch your back.
Triangle crunches are excellent for building your oblique muscles. Make sure your palm is directly below the shoulder while performing this exercise. And avoid the common mistake of resting the active foot on the floor after you crunch. Keep the foot off the floor throughout.
I’ve added triangle crunches to this flat belly workout because they also tone your arms, shoulders, and leg muscles.
Modified V Ups
V ups are an extraordinary ab exercise. Unfortunately, most people can’t perform them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their benefits.
Most beginners should be able to perform this modified version of V ups.
Try to do as many reps as possible in 40 seconds while maintaining proper form.
Exercises like sitting twists are what make this flat belly workout so effective. It targets your ab and oblique muscles.
To perform the exercise, sit on the floor, lean back, and keep your knees bent at 90 degrees. While on this position, twist your torso from side to side without moving your head.
I prefer this crunch variation to the regular crunches because it has a wider range of motion. It also doesn’t feel challenging because you’re focusing on sliding your arms up your thighs.
Avoid tucking your chin toward the chest as you crunch. Keep your head in one position.
Crunch claps are very effective. They mainly target your rectus abdominis.
Lift your upper back off the floor on each rep. Perform this exercise as fast as possible.
The Bottom Line
The abs and oblique exercises in this flat belly workout will definitely tone your belly. But you have to exercises consistently and make the necessary diet changes.
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