Seven awesome tummy/core toning exercises for the men….

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Nod your head if you think you could look better with stomach. It’s okay. No one is watching (inserts laughter).

Having a pot belly comes with no pros and some cons – you’ll wear a larger size, it will take little more bend to see your feet and well, it distorts your shape. Oops! Sorry but that’s the truth.

This does not and should not spell doom for anyone because the body just the body is so powerful in the sense that it can go back to the way it used to be. It’s left for the owner of that body to steer the body in the right direction. Apart from eating healthy food in healthy portions sweating it out is an awesome way to go.

No kidding. With a little hard work, you can get the stomach of your dreams by doing these exercises;

The Plank:

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This is the first because you do not need any gym equipment to get this done. To get this position, lie flat on your stomach then place your forearms on the floor. Press down with your forearms and push your awesome self up, using your toes as support. Your head, neck, back and legs are should be all in a straight line.

This is an excellent flat stomach exercise because it strengthens your core muscles, your upper and lower abdominal muscles and burns more calories in comparison to other abs exercises. This is because doing the plank engages the muscles in your legs, arms and back too. 

Bicycle Crunch:

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This exercise is a must if you want the flat stomach of your dream. To begin the Bicycle crunch, lie on your back, place your palms beneath your head and lift your legs until they are positioned at a 90-degree angle. With your hands cradling the back of your head, twist your body, bringing your right elbow towards your left knee. Alternate your limbs, by bringing your left elbow toward your right knee. Then repeat as many times as you can. To get maximum results this exercise should be done slowly.

The bicycle crunch is an awesome exercise to include in your flat stomach routine as research has shown that the exercise works all of the major abdominal muscles.


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Here’s the correct technique for skipping: you only need to lift your feet a few centimetres off the ground each time the rope passes between your feet and the ground. Also ensure your heels don’t touch the floor. Turn the rope with your wrists, rather than using your whole arms.  Skipping is essential as it is a cardiovascular training in your flat stomach workout. This will help you burn calories and lose weight and tone your abs. 

Heel Tap Crunch:

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Here’s how to achieve this exercise; Lie on your back with your heels near your glutes. Brace your core by lifting your shoulders off the floor and reach down to touch your right heel with your right hand, then your left heel with your other hand. That’s one rep. Repeat the movement over and over again.

This exercise predominantly targets the lower abs, and can be made harder or easier by adjusting the distance between your heels and glutes. Don’t worry about speed on this one.

Boat Pose:

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This is a challenging yet effective flat stomach exercise. Doing this yoga pose regularly will quickly help you reach your flat stomach goal. To get this pose, sit on the floor with bent knees, lean back slightly and then bring your legs up. Straighten them until your body forms a V shape. Your arms must be stretched out and parallel to one another. Keep your palms facing inwards.

This is a fantastic abs routine because it targets and strengthens your core muscles and improves balance as well.

Front Leg Raise:

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To achieve a tonned stomach with this exercise, lie back on the bench or on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Place your hands either under your glutes with your palms down or by the sides holding on to the bench. Keeping your legs straight as possible, exhale and raise them until they make a 90-degree angle with the floor and slowly lower to the starting position. Repeat the move over and over.

If you feel your back arching, go one leg at a time, keeping the other at a 90-degree angle.

Mountain Climbers:

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To get this exercise done, place both hands on the floor in front of you, about shoulder width apart like you’re about to complete a push up. Then using your toes to push off, pull your right leg forward and extend your left leg back. Repeat this move on your other side and then keep changing. Ensure to keep on your toes throughout the exercise, alternating between each leg for the desired number of reps. Your upper body should not move at all during the exercise.

You can speed up your difficulty level and speed up your steps once you are comfortable with the technique. You could add extra height by using a medicine ball to work the arms and your balance. This routine gets you a decent cardiovascular workout while engaging your core.

Your body may be a temple, but it can also be pretty lazy when left to its own. If a part of your core is weak, other body parts will be forced to bear the load. This does not only happen in the gym but during everyday activities like sitting at your desk or driving.    

Try some of these flat abs routine and let us have your feedback in the comment section.

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