Our essential guide to washboard abs.
To get a flat stomach you need to build a strong core. Here’s our pick of the moves to get you there.
Flat tummy – the moves and food>>
Muffin-top. Spare tyre. Love handles. Doughnut. Whatever you call your waist surplus, whip it good with this easy exercise and eating plan you can stick to.
Abs – the ultimate workout routine>>
It’s time to listen up! Crunches alone will not miraculously melt away your middle. Here’s why you should get up now. Before it’s too late!
Master your core>>
The words abs and core are often misguidedly interchanged, implying that they are the same thing. In fact, the abs makes up only a component of your core. The body’s core muscles (also known as the trunk) are made up of the transverse abdominis (TA), By learning how to activate your TA correctly, you will feel a greater sense of stability and control with all movements.
Improve your core with TRX>>
Know you know what your core is, learn how to use TRX (straps/suspension trainer) to boost your core strength. We dissect the moves and the number of reps you need to do. Abs – the ultimate workout Follow this workout which combines High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with Isometric Abdominal Training (IAT) to get rock hard abs in half the amount of time.
Pilates – the beginners’ guide>>
The Pilates fitness system focuses on spine alignment, breathing and core strength to improve muscle strength and elasticity. This beginners guide will have you performing these core strength building exercises like a pro.
Video: Work your abs, glutes and hamstrings>>
Don’t just be preoccupied with getting washboard abs, it’s important you simultaneously strengthen your back muscles so your posture and balance are not negatively affected by training. This video will show you how.
Video: Swiss ball plank>>
The plank is one of the best exercises for challenging and strengthening your core. Adding in the use of a medicine ball or Swiss ball amplifies the balance element of the exercise, forcing your body to switch on all your stabilising muscles to maintain the position. This video will show you how.
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