Abs & Core Workouts

Top 5 Exercises To Get a Flat Stomach

We all want that sexy, slim figure. Whether you want abs or not, you can’t deny looking into the mirror and seeing a flat stomach would be a great feeling.

You’ll be able to try better clothes and feel more confident in a bikini over summer. However, how many times have you bought ineffective products due to false marketing? I don’t know about you, but I’ve made a small doghouse from wasted lipstick glued together…

Well, the fitness industry is no different – many workouts are advertised as ‘the best for…’ almost everything. This is why many work hard towards their fitness goals, but fall flat on their face *guilty*.

For this reason, we’ve put together the best exercises to help you get a flat stomach – fast!

Top 5 Exercises

1. Side Plank


You might be thinking, “what makes this better than the ‘normal’ plank?”. Well, you’re only supporting your weight with your feet and arm – instead of 4 points of contact (leading to more strain on your core).

To perform the side plank, lie on one side, then use your elbow to lift your body from the floor. Hold this position for 30-45 seconds, then switch sides and repeat.

What to do:

  • Hold side plank for 30-45 seconds
  • Switch side and repeat for 4 sets
  • 1 minute rest between sets

2. KettleBell Swing

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*Photo Credit: Alexia Clark representing Instant Knockout fat burner.

This is a great weighted exercise to melt your stomach fat – perfect for those wanting a flat tummy.

To perform the kettlebell swing, start in a squat position with the weight between your legs. Then propell the weight forwards and upwards until your arms are outstretched in front of you.

Bring the weight back to the original position and finish in the squat position for . You want to repeat this for 4-6 sets (increasing the weight and sets as you progress).

What to do:

  • 4 sets of 10 reps
  • Hold squat position for 5 seconds before swinging back up
  • 1 minute rest between sets

 3. Bicycle Crunch


Admit it, you were waiting to see crunches on this list…but these aren’t just your average crunches.

In fact, a study conducted in San Diego State University showed that bicycle crunches stimulated the most muscles around your mid-section – helping you get that flat stomach!

To perform this exercise, start in a normal crunch position, then touch your right elbow with your left knee. Alternate this movement of touching your elbows to the opposite knees for 30 reps (of 4 sets)

What to do:

  • 4 sets of 30 bicycle crunches
  • 1 minute rest between sets

4. Walking Plank

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Again, this is better than the ‘normal’ plank as it puts your core under more tension.

To perform the walking plank, start in a press-up position and proceed to go down to your elbows, keeping your feet in the same position. Then return to the starting position to finish your first rep. Repeat this 8 times, for 4 sets.

What to do:

  • 8 reps of 4 sets
  • 1 minute rest between sets

5. Lying Leg Raise Finisher


The last exercise on this list that’ll be sure to get you a flat stomach! After that last plank, you’ll be glad to know you’re lying down for this one…

To perform the lying leg raise, lie flat on your back on a mat or bench. Place your hands under your glutes with your palms facing downwards, then lift your legs while keeping them as straight as possible.

What to do:

  • 3 sets of 15 reps
  • 1 minute rest between sets


Now you know the best exercises to get a flat stomach, all you need is a good diet, hard work & determination.

Ultimately, you shouldn’t underestimate the importance of nutrition when it comes to shredding body fat. But a great & enjoyable workout routine can help you burn those extra calories to get you toned and to your fitness goals, faster.


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