On Your Way To A Flatter Stomach

95% of my clients ask me to help them achieve a flatter stomach. Many have gained weight as a result of giving birth and because pregnancy reduces the elasticity of a woman’s stomach this consequently leads to a droop of flesh around the stomach area. The solution to this is exercise. Regular exercise will help tighten the stomach muscles and give you a firmer and leaner look helping you to get back into your old jeans.

Stomach & Core

V-sit ups

Technique

  • Sit on the floor with your knees bent and your arms by your sides
  • Lift both feet off the floor and bend your knees to 90 degrees. This is the start position.
  • Straighten your legs and lower your body to create a ‘V’ shape. Hold for a count of five
  • Lift up to the start position and repeat

Toe Touch – stomach

Technique

  • Begin by lying on your back with arms extended by your sides, feet lifted off the floor and hips and knees bent to 90 degrees.
  • Lift your head, shoulders and arms off the floor towards your thighs.
  • Holding this position, lower your left toe towards the floor, then back up, then repeat on the other side. Continue alternating sides.

Lying wiper – stomach, side muscles

Technique

  • Lie on your back with your arms spread, feet lifted and hips and knees bent to 90 degrees.
  • Gently lower both legs down to the left until they are just above the floor.
  • Bring them back to centre, over to the right and finally back to centre. Repeat.

Plank with kick back – stomach

Technique

  • Lie on your stomach with your elbows directly underneath your shoulders.
  • Lift your body off the floor onto your elbows and toes into the plank position.
  • Bend your left knee and lift your foot to the sky while holding the plank position
  • Beginners repeat for 15 seconds on the left side. Then 15 seconds on the right; Intermediates repeat for 20 seconds on each side;  Advanced for 25 seconds on each side

Mountain climber

Technique

  • Begin in a plank position, body lifted on your hands and toes with your arms straight, keeping a straight line from shoulders to feet.
  • Keeping your stomach pulled in, lift your left foot and bring your left knee towards your left elbow.
  • Slowly straighten the leg, return your foot to the start position and repeat the movement with your right leg. Keep alternating legs.
  • Make sure you keep your shoulders level throughout each movement.