Best Exercise to Flatten Abs

The truth behind toning your abs

By Paul "Batman" O'Brien 

B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Cert Clin. IMed., Dip. Adv. OBB, Dip. CHM, Pn1, PN-SSR, PN-NCA, M.AFPA., M.C.Th.A.

The best exercise to flatten abs surprisingly isn’t endless ab crunches, nor in fact does it involve lying down at all. A common mistake in the quest for flat abs is to perform exercises to tone the six pack, like crunches, sit ups, v ups and more. Would you be surprised if I told you that you were working the wrong muscle? 

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The six pack, the muscle on the front of your stomach is probably responsible for the rise in diet programs and the number of gym memberships. It looks great when well toned and combined with low body fat to show it off to its best, your on to a winner in the sex appeal stakes.

There is one thing that muscle, known as the rectus abdominus doesn’t do thought…and that’s keep your stomach flat – it actually does the opposite!The more you work those crunches and other popular ab exercises the more you are rounding your waist line.

The abs are like any other muscle when they are tensed they round outwards, and when developed through exercise they maintain that round hard “tone”. Look at every muscle in your body, even as you sit here reading this. Your legs are rounded, biceps to on the front of your arm. Forearms, glutes, they are all round. So why would your abs be different? This leaves most at a point of exasperation “Well if that’s true how do all those cover models have smooth flat stomachs? If you know so much what is the best exercise to flatten abs?”

Allow me to pose a few questions first. What if there was a muscle that curved inwards rather than outwards? And what if that muscle happened to be connected to the outward rounding rectus abdominus or six pack muscles and pulled it in tight and flat?

There just so happens to a muscle that fits the bill. It’s called the TA or transverse abdominus and actually pulls the stomach in nice and flat. You can train your TA to stay firm and flattening your abs by simply doing this exercise every morning. It’s called the vacuum and it just happens to be the best exercise to flatten abs.

The Best Exercise to Flatten Abs – the Vacuum

*Do this ONLY on an Empty Stomach*

  1. Stand up straight with your feet wider then shoulder width.
  2. Exhale all the air form your lungs
  3. As you do so bend over as though trying to touch your toes
  4. Once you are as low as you can bend and have breathed out all the air you can, pull in your stomach as much as you can
  5. Hold this tension and slowly stand up
  6. You want to keep you stomach in as tight as you can
  7. Tense your stomach keeping it in tight.
  8. Hold for ten seconds. 
  9. Slowly relax and capture your breathe
  10. Repeat 10 times.

For the best results practice this every morning before breakfast for 10 reps and in the evening 30 minutes before you go to bed for another ten. Gradually build up to 30 reps.

Pretty soon you will have flat firm’s abs and it will only take a few seconds each day. That’s why this is The best exercise to flatten abs. Enjoy!

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