Sculpt your abs and blast away the belly flab that covers them with these moves.
A flat belly is a badge of honor. It’s an outward sign that you keep fit and watch what you eat. And beyond the vanity aspects, a more chiseled torso makes you stronger and less prone to injury.
That’s because the dozens of muscles between your shoulders and hips are involved in every movement you do.
To create a lean, rock-hard waist you need to start with the right moves, says Men’s Health Fitness Director BJ Gaddour.
“Choose moves that sculpt your abs while shredding the fat that covers them,” he says. “It’s the perfect one-two punch for a flat belly.”
Start with the following 10 exercises to hammer the dozens of muscles between your shoulders and hips and rev your metabolism at the same time.
Burpees have a reputation for a reason. They’re one of the most effective—and crazy challenging—exercises out there. And fitness buffs everywhere just love to hate them. So should you. The sweat-drenching move turns your body into the best piece of workout equipment ever, training virtually every muscle in your body—including your core, chest, and legs—and sending your heart rate through the roof for awesome calorie-torching, muscle-building benefits, says personal trainer Mike Donavanik, CSCS.
But to get the most from every rep, you need to know how to do a burpee with picture-perfect form.
STEPS: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower your body until your palms rest on the floor about shoulder-width apart.
Kick your legs backward into a pushup position, perform a pushup, and then quickly reverse the movement and perform a jump when you stand. That’s 1 rep.