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9 Moves to Beat Belly Fat for Good

This workout targets your core muscles, tightening your abs and giving you a smaller, flatter stomach. Do two sets of the moves in this 20-minute routine twice a week, and you'll say goodbye to that belly flab in no time.

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Beginner: Lunge Twist

Targets: Abs, obliques, butt, quads

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, elbows bent 90 degrees by hips.
  • Lunge forward with right leg and rotate torso and arms to right.
  • Rotate back to center as you quickly push off right foot to return to start.
  • Do 16 reps, alternating sides.

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Beginner: Step Hop

Targets: Abs, butt, legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands on hips.
  • Step forward with right foot, then lift left knee to hip level as you hop straight up on right leg.
  • Land with feet together.
  • Do 16 reps, alternating sides.

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Beginner: Shot Put

Targets: Arms, abs, obliques, butt, legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, right elbow bent with hand by ear, left arm out at shoulder level.
  • Lunge to right with right leg; rotate torso to right.
  • Push off right foot to stand, pivoting to left.
  • Extend right arm diagonally (as if throwing a shot).
  • Do 16 reps, alternating sides.

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Intermediate: Lunge Reach

Targets: Shoulders, abs, butt, quads

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, arms by sides.
  • Lunge forward with left leg, bending both knees 90 degrees, and reach arms toward floor.
  • Explosively push off left leg to return to starting position and lift arms straight overhead.
  • Do 8 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

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Intermediate: Hands-Up Hop

Targets: Arms, abs, butt, legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands on hips.
  • Step forward with left foot and simultaneously lift right knee to hip level as you hop straight up on left leg and extend arms overhead.
  • Land with feet together, hands on hips.
  • Do 20 reps, alternating sides.

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Intermediate: Discus Throw

Targets: Arms, abs, obliques, butt, legs

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, arms extended out to sides at shoulder level.
  • Lunge to right with right leg, rotating torso to right.
  • Quickly shift weight to left leg, bend knee, and push off left foot to hop up as you turn to left and swing right arm across body (as if throwing a discus).
  • Do 10 reps. Switch sides; repeat.

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Advanced: Jump Lunge

Targets: Arms, abs, butt, legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, arms extended overhead.
  • Lunge forward with left leg, bending both knees 90 degrees.
  • Jump straight up, switching legs in midair, so that you land in a lunge with right leg in front.
  • Do 12 reps, alternating sides.

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Advanced: Squat Jump

Targets: Arms, abs, butt, legs

  • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, hands by sides.
  • Squat, keeping knees behind toes, then jump straight up, lifting arms overhead.
  • Land in a squat with arms overhead.
  • Lower arms by sides.
  • Do 12 reps.

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Advanced: Hammer Hoist

Targets: Arms, abs, obliques, butt, legs

  • Stand with feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart, hands clasped together in front of thighs.
  • Squat, keeping knees behind toes, and reach arms slightly back between legs.
  • Jump straight up, bringing arms overhead (as if hoisting a heavy mallet).
  • Land in starting position.
  • Do 12 reps.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2008.

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1/6/2014 04:34:34 AM Report Abuse
catherine.valeni3 wrote:

There were some great tips in this article, however i think there needs to be more advice about how to think when you are trying to lose belly fat to get you motivated. I found a great free e-book which gives you lots of tips on how to lose belly fat, which gives you some great ways to change your mindset too. Thought it was great. To get your free copy of this e-book click here: http://tinyurl.com/losebellyfatfreebook

12/17/2013 05:09:29 AM Report Abuse
dmoylan1 wrote:

I love to workout and look firm. There are no models or articles pretaining to my age gr. of 60. I have 9 gr.children and 5 daughters to advise me of how to firm up certain areas, but where are the magazines and articles to also read and gather info?

6/2/2010 03:23:25 PM Report Abuse
tmk228 wrote:

I've seen this type of comment on this site again and again and yet it is never addressed by the magazine. I don't think they even bother to read what their readers are saying.

6/2/2010 12:36:25 PM Report Abuse
twosteps56 wrote:

I agree ..would love to see models in 170 -250 range and 50+...it would be ablessing and motervate us that are the woman exersizing at a big size

6/2/2010 09:32:27 AM Report Abuse
gwenwilson wrote:

Maybe we just need a new magazine!I agree with all of you!

6/2/2010 09:28:01 AM Report Abuse
debbie518 wrote:

It would be nice to see average woman or plus size woman NOT such skinny girls on the cover of the magazines....and how about 40 n over!?

6/1/2010 09:33:30 PM Report Abuse
sharon2320698 wrote:

I'm with you guys. It would be nice to see some real normal people doing the exercises instead of skinny models. I'm 10 lbs overweight and 51 but even when I was younger I always thought the skimpy clothes on the magazine covers were over the top, and now they're not just models, they have to be Hollywood types.

6/1/2010 06:57:33 PM Report Abuse
cklempay wrote:

How true! We need older models too; we buy the magazine and do the workouts! We need to see ourselves. Things are a lot harder for 55+ women.

6/1/2010 06:56:10 PM Report Abuse
diefie wrote:

I guess we just have to pray that we aren't going to be built like the box that we become after menopause! I have hope.

6/1/2010 05:18:43 PM Report Abuse
skdralle wrote:

why are exercise photos of young people. How about something for the 60 and older women..........I exercise all the time and can not rid myself of my belly. Now when I was young, no problem but it's a whole lot different at age 66. Thank you

6/1/2010 04:24:17 PM Report Abuse
rlbrennan wrote:

Dido.

6/1/2010 11:58:34 AM Report Abuse
diane_mcdonnell wrote:

Please put this whole set of exercises on a video. Thx

6/1/2010 11:10:49 AM Report Abuse

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