The Best Flat Stomach Exercises from Top Trainers

A toned middle is everyone’s ultimate fitness goal, but it takes more than a straightforward sit-up to get the abs of your dreams.
 

SL asked 5 of the UK’s top trainers to share their number one tummy toning move. Bonus: you don’t need fancy gym kit to start sculpting that stomach. Here’s how to blast away belly fat for abs of steel...

Claire Finlay, founder of Transition Zone

Top exercise: Sprint Mountain Climbers

1. Start in the press-up position, hands directly under your shoulders, keeping arms straight.
2. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your heels  lower back flat avoiding sagging or aching. 
3. Lift your right foot off the floor and raise your knee as close to your chest as you can.
4. Return to the starting position and repeat with your left leg.
5. Continue alternating legs and maintain a constant pace, keeping abs braced at all times.
6. Remember not to let the driving foot touch the floor – keep it floating towards your chest.
7. Push hard for 20 seconds and then rest for ten. 

Paola Di Lanzo, founder of Paola’s BodyBarre

Top exercise: Abdominal Crunches on Pilates Ball

1. Set the ball on the floor or under a mat a quarter of the way down so it doesn’t roll away. 
2. Lie back onto the ball so it’s just below your shoulder blades. Keep your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, pressing through the big toes. 
3. Cradle/hammock your head with interlaced fingers, and keep the elbows wide. Lie back over the ball, wrapping your back around the ball as you lie back. 
4. Draw the navel towards the spine, so as to stabilise your hips and torso as you perform the crunch. Lift the tip of the nose on a diagonal, pointed to the ceiling. 
5. When you get to the top contract into the abs.

Svava Sigbertsdottir, founder of The Viking Method

Top exercise: Arm Drags

1. Come down into a plank position on your palms. Place your feet on tea towels. 
2. Engage the core and take four arm steps forward and then four backwards for 30 sec, not using your lower body at all. 
3. Take short arm steps, keeping the arms underneath the body and do not let your hips move from side to side.
4. Keep that core engaged the whole time and it should burn at the end of it!

Hollie Grant, founder of The Model Method

Top exercise: Side Plank Variation 

1. Lay on your right hand side with your right hand on the ground in line with your hips, feet stacked and knees slightly bent. 
2. Press into your right hand, lift the hips, straighten out your legs and reach your left arm up to the ceiling. 
3. Squeeze your bum, scoop your belly button in and breathe. Hold for ten-to-30 seconds on each side.

Hilary Gilbert, founder of BOOM Cycle

Top exercise: Straight Leg Lifts

1. Lie on the floor with hands touching to create a triangle under your bum.
2. Slowly lift your legs upwards, keeping them straight and not bending the knees.
3. Pause for a second then slowly lower your legs back down.
4.  Repeat to complete a set of 30.  

 

Inspiration credits: Health.com, WeHeartIt.com