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"You need to burn fat with cardio (at least 30 minutes, three to five times per week) to see ab definition, says Lucy Liu's trainer Teddy Bass, who's trained top Hollywood celebrities and executives and has a background in dance and Pilates. "Elliptical machines are great, because you have to contract your abs in order to stay upright." Or try Pilates, cycling, or kayaking.
Targets: Obliques and transverse (deep) abdominal muscles
"To show off a flat tummy, wear thin, knit fabrics (clingy -- not too tight). Or layer a cropped jacket over a long, lean tunic," says celebrity fashion stylist Gina La Morte, founder of TheStyleDoctor.com.
"Want to hide your abs? Wear tops with wide Empire waists."
Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, January 2009.