Sep 012010

Looking in the mirror and seeing a paunch where a flat stomach belongs can make you feel a little sad. You know how much better you can look with a flat stomach but it seems so hard to achieve. The proper stomach flattening exercises is the first step to getting the abs you want quickly.

Time for a quick reality check. There are two types of problem stomachs. There are stomachs which are lean but not flat. Women who have been pregnant know exactly what we are talking about. Then there are stomachs with an extra layer of fat which are not flat. While both types of stomachs respond well to stomach flattening exercises, if you have extra fat we need to talk for a moment.

No matter how many crunches, sit-ups, leg raises, or other exercises you do, your stomach cannot be flat unless we get rid of the excess fat. The good news, with proper exercise your effort to lose the extra weight is going to become much easier. Your muscles will help support a faster metabolism making losing those extra pounds easy. A simple piece of advice to help you out. Just cut out the foods which are high in sugars and fats while exercising and the weight will slide off easily and naturally.

The number one exercise to flatten your stomach has been used by athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness models for decades. The simple ab crunch is one of the most effective of all exercises and one you must include to get the best looking stomach possible. You are going to focus on two varieties of this simple exercise.

The first variety is the standard ab crunch. Lie flat on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Place your hands to the side of your head lightly touching your ears, elbows out to the side. Notice, you do not put your hands behind your head or lock your fingers. To complete the exercise simply roll your shoulders and head up off the floor while keeping your lower back flat on the floor. Work up to doing 3 sets of 20 to 25 reps. When this becomes easy you can add weight on your chest to increase the resistance.

The second variety is the Cross Body Crunch. Be prepared this one is harder and is going to target muscles you do not commonly use. Start off in exactly the same position, but this time when you do a rep you lift your left knee while rotating your right elbow towards the knee. This rotation during the crunch pulls heavily on the muscles to the side and help to make them tighter and stronger giving you an increasingly flat stomach. Work up to 3 sets of 20 reps rotating sides.

Most people want to make stomach flattening exercises too difficult. These two simple forms of crunches target your entire abdominal area and can create impressive looking abs. Your stomach will become flatter, stronger, and athletic looking.

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