Routine 1

Basic guide to a flatter stomach. If you do this routine 3-4 times a week you will be seeing results in no time.

  • Cardio, Cardio and more Cardio. Fat is the biggest enemy to a flat stomach. You could do crunches for months and not see any results because you have too much body fat hiding that beautiful flat stomach of yours. Go for a quick jog. 5-10 minutes is all you need to get your heart pumping and your muscles nice and loose. If you don't want to jog then you can always run on the spot or do some jumping jacks. Really we are just looking to get your heart pumping and your body moving. The basic idea here is to get the body use to burning calories and working up a sweat. The more we do this the easier the transition to working out will be.
  • Stretch, stretch and stretch. I cannot stress this point enough. I have seen so many people hurt themselves by pulling a muscle because they were too lazy to stretch. We are here to work out and burn some calories the least we can do is stretch.
  • First exercise, the basic crunch. Lie on your back and bring your feet close to your butt. This will make your knees pop up into the air. Place your hands on the back of your head and with your stomach only pull yourself close to your knees. Now in some cases your legs may pop up and you will fall over. A simple solution is to place your feet under an object with some weight, i.e. a couch, or if you have a buddy with you have them stand on your feet when you do your crunch. Remember that you are using your stomach only to pull yourself up and that the object or person holding your feet down are not there for you to use a leverage to pull yourself up. Do this 10-15 times and then take a 30sec to 1 minute break and then repeat 1-2 more times. If you can do more, then please feel free to do more. You know your body better than anyone else, if the stomach feels ok to do 5 more, do 5 more. If 10 is all you can do then do 10. We all have our own pace and we have to go with that pace until it becomes larger. A trick I will use to get an extra bonus out of my workout is to do a workout during your rest phase that would use a different body part then the one I am concentrating on. For example, in between my sets of ab crunches I will usually do 10-20 jumping jacks. This will keep my body pumping and also will burn extra calories for me while my stomach rests for the next set.
  • The next exercise is the crunch with a twist. Bascially it is the same exercise as above but while pulling yourself up to your knees you will twist your body to one side. So a normal set of 10 crunches would consist of, 1) crunch with a twist to the right, then down, then crunch with a twist to the left then down. Then repeat. This exercise will not only workout your abs but it will now hit your obliques as well doubling your efforts toward a flat tummy. Repeat this 2 more times and then take your break or do 10-20 more jumping jacks in between.
  • The next exercise in this workout is the reverse crunch. To perform this exercise you start by laying on your back on the ground or mat. You then bring your legs towards you and then in one fluid motion move them up above your body. What this does is curls your entire abdomen up and really works the lower abs. You then let your legs down slowly letting your abs uncurl slowly. This will maximise the workout on your abs. Do this 10 times and then take your break or do some jumping jacks. Repeat this 2 more times with jumping jacks in between.

This simple 3 workout set will start you on the right path to that flat stomach or sexy 6 pack abs you have been looking for. I can tell you that this alone will not be enough to get you where you want to be. That is up to you. If you do this simple workout 3-4 times a week your body will begin to burn calories, fat and begin to build the muscle you want.