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Get Flat Abs Fast (at Any Fitness Level)

Want to rid yourself of belly flab and get bikini-ready abs once and for all? Try these abs exercises and get the sexy stomach you've been dreaming about, no matter what your fitness level.

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Beginner: V-Sit Pull-Back

What you'll need: A mat

Tip: Keep your neck relaxed while you crunch. Need help? Simply place your tongue on the roof of your mouth!

Targets: Abs and obliques

  • Sit with knees bent, legs together, arms at shoulder level in front of you.
  • Engage abs and lean back slightly.
  • Rotate torso to right and pull elbow back to tap mat.
  • Return to start. Switch sides; repeat.
  • Do 20 reps total, alternating sides.

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Beginner: Plank-Up

Targets: Abs, back, hips, and glutes

  • Get into plank position (abs engaged, back straight, forearms on floor, legs extended).
  • Lift hips toward ceiling, keeping back and legs straight, abs engaged; hold for 2 counts.
  • Lower to plank.
  • Do 10 reps.

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Beginner: Wipe-Away

Targets: Abs, obliques, and hips

  • Lie faceup with arms out to sides at shoulder level, legs together, abs engaged.
  • Lift legs straight over hips.
  • Keeping upper body on mat, slowly lower legs 45 degrees to right.
  • Lift legs back over hips.
  • Repeat to left. Do 10 reps total, alternating sides.

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Intermediate: Kneeling Heel Twist

Targets: Abs and obliques

  • Kneel on mat with hips above knees, abs engaged.
  • Place hands behind head, elbows out.
  • Keeping hips centered, rotate torso to right and reach right hand toward right ankle.
  • Return to start; repeat to left side.
  • Do 12 reps total, alternating sides.

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Intermediate: Plank Swipe

Targets: Abs, obliques, back, hips, and glutes

  • Get into plank position and stack left foot on top of right heel.
  • Keeping back and legs straight and abs engaged, lift left foot slightly, then kick left leg out to side.
  • Return to stacked position. Do 6 reps.
  • Switch legs; repeat.

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Intermediate: Air Circle

Targets: Abs, obliques, and hips

  • Lie faceup with legs together, arms extended straight up, abs engaged.
  • Keeping upper body on mat, lift legs straight over hips.
  • Draw a big circle on ceiling with legs.
  • Change directions; repeat.
  • Do 12 reps total, alternating directions.

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Advanced: Scissors Pull-Back

Targets: Abs, obliques, and legs

  • Start in V-sit, feet lifted, shins parallel to floor.
  • Extend left leg as you rotate to right; tap elbow to mat.
  • Return to start. Switch sides; repeat.
  • Do 16 reps total, alternating sides.

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Advanced: Plank Walk-Up

Targets: Arms, abs, back, and glutes

  • Get into plank position.
  • Keeping back straight, abs engaged, and legs together, "walk" hands into full push-up position (hands directly under shoulders, elbows slightly bent).
  • Gently walk hands back down to plank.
  • Do 5 reps without lowering to floor.

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Advanced: Side Scissors Crunch

Targets: Abs, hips, and legs

  • Lie faceup with legs together, arms overhead.
  • Engage abs and lift legs straight over hips.
  • Crunch up as you lower legs out to sides and reach hands through legs.
  • Lower upper body and bring legs back together.
  • Do 15 reps.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2009.

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9/9/2014 04:35:55 PM Report Abuse
BettePatterson6872 wrote:

Good plan, but only abs workout is not good enough for a lean, fit, sexy, feminine body. A complete program must be followed with workouts, diet, healty foods etc. I found lately such a program from Flavia del Monte and I am following it.The program is called "Flavia Del Monte's Licious & Curvalicious Workout Systems".The results are amazing.To achieve the same positive results follow http://flaviafitness.info

7/21/2012 03:06:24 AM Report Abuse
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7/9/2012 01:12:37 PM Report Abuse
sandra_foster1 wrote:

I follow lately Flavia Del Monte's scientific program for total body fitness. Diet program, healthy food are all included. I recommend to you as well, if you want to have a systematic reference in your hand. http://tinyurl.com/flaviadelmonte00

6/18/2012 04:54:24 AM Report Abuse
angiemccullers wrote:

Add a video!

1/7/2012 06:39:56 AM Report Abuse
donna.clark4 wrote:

I love it when these articles include moving demos of the exercise rather than still shots. I believe the technique is so much better demonstrated when the full range of motion is demonstrated. Great exercises either way! Thanks

11/1/2011 05:50:06 PM Report Abuse
bananacheeks wrote:

Great little indoor routine, could really feel my abs working throughout. Thanks Jessie!

8/1/2011 03:31:59 PM Report Abuse
lmw238 wrote:

What happened to the "Print All Slides" feature?

11/12/2010 02:12:01 PM Report Abuse

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