The Best Gym Exercises for Abs and Getting a Flat Stomach

blog=absWhether you’re looking to look more buff or more athletic, one thing’s for certain: You’re zeroing in on your abs. You plan to make them more defined and your stomach leaner, but before you pick up that latest DVD hawked on a late-night infomercial, think about what you can do at the gym.

What many fail to realize is, abdominal workouts are part of a full fitness plan – one of increasing your heart rate, toning up, and burning calories. So, come by the gym to do the following:

Start With Basic Cardio

To burn those calories – really, the first trick to flattening your stomach – aim to get in 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity at least three days per week. At the gym, you’ll be able to do this on the treadmill, bike, elliptical, stair climber, or rower or through an aerobics class. However, no matter what you pick, make sure to switch it up to avoid hitting a plateau.

Then, to present more challenges, use the equipment for high-intensity intervals, in which your workout quickly jumps from a jog to a sprint over the course of 20 to 30 minutes.

Strength Training

Fit strength training in, although not specific abs exercises, at least two days per week, for 30 minutes per session. At the gym, you’ll be able to use:

  • The free weights
  • Weight-lifting machines
  • Resistance bands

The goal, here, is targeting and strengthening all muscles.

Abdominal Strengthening Exercises

The equipment at the gym, including the medicine balls, weights, and weight machines, allows you to do the following:

  • Knee raises toward the chest in the captain’s chair. As you do this, avoid moving the upper body, and keep thighs parallel to floor.
  • Bike crunches
  • Crunches on a stability ball
  • Pelvic ball tilt crunches
  • Plank exercises
  • Ab wheels
  • Sit-ups with medicine ball

No matter your fitness goals or exercise regimen, you’ll be able to find exactly what you need at North Haven Health & Racquet. Come by our facility to take a class, to schedule a session with a personal trainer, or to use the gym.