Most of my clients who hire me do so because they need help losing fat, particularly in the stomach. Many people struggle with this area, since belly fat is the most frustrating and stubborn part of the body to trim. If losing belly fat is on your fitness agenda, then you need to be doing all of the right things. This means eating at a calorie deficit, getting in some solid cardio, and strength training multiple times per week. You can get rid of a flabby stomach for good with this quick exercise routine, so listen up.
I recommend making weight lifting a priority—so much so that it’s the main focus of your fitness regimen. My reasoning is simple. Doing so will burn more calories, help build lean muscle, and elevate your metabolism. When it comes to exercise selection, you need to consistently choose challenging movements that engage your whole body and your core. Doing so will allow you to recruit more muscle fibers and burn more calories than traditional cardio and single-joint movements such as curls and crunches.
Many individuals think they need to train for at least an hour to secure solid results, but you can achieve a great workout in 30 minutes or less. Whether you’re strapped for time or simply want to get in a quick workout session to elevate your metabolism and burn fat, this routine is golden. Set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes, and perform as many sets as you can of the following exercises back to back.
Get rid of a flabby stomach for good with these movements. And next up, be sure to check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
Start this exercise by holding a pair of dumbbells up to your shoulders. Keep your chest tall and core tight, and squat down until your hips are parallel to the ground. Once you’ve hit that parallel position, drive through your heels, and use the momentum of the squat to press the weights straight up. Flex your triceps at the top, then lower the weight under control back to your shoulders before performing another rep. Perform 10 reps.
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Begin by getting into a wide squat stance with a pair of dumbbells up to your shoulders. Keeping your chest tall and core tight, shift your body towards one side while straightening the trailing leg. Get a good inner thigh stretch at the bottom, then drive through the heel, and shift your body towards the other side, going back and forth. Maintain tension in your core and legs during the entire time of the movement. Perform 8 to 10 reps on each leg.
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Get into a pushup position with your shoulders in line with your wrists and hips high. Keeping your core tight, take one hand and reach for the opposite shoulder. Touch your shoulder, then bring it back to the starting position and reach with the other. As you’re performing this movement, keep your glutes squeezed and your back as straight as possible. Perform 8 to 10 reps on each arm.
Set yourself up for this exercise by lying flat on your back on the floor with your knees bent. Grab a single dumbbell or pair of dumbbells, and hold it/them high in the sky above you. Then, lift yourself up into a glute bridge position with your hips all the way up. Keeping your core tight and glutes squeezed, pull the dumbbell back behind your head. Get a good lat stretch at the bottom while maintaining tension in your abs, then pull the dumbbell back to starting position before performing another rep. Perform a total of 10 reps.
Tim Liu, CSCS
Tim Liu, CSCS, is an online fitness and nutrition coach based in Los Angeles Read more