What is the Best Exercise to Get Flat Abs?

Should I do cardio or sit-ups to get a flat stomach?

Jeanette Jenkins

Jeanette Jenkins

Jeanette Jenkins, founder and president of The Hollywood Trainer is the author of The Hollywood Trainer Weight-Loss Plan: 21 Days to Make... Read more

A: To get a flat stomach, you must take a four-point approach:

1. Eat a balanced diet that is at least 500 calories less than your daily calorie burn rate if you have weight around your stomach to lose.

2. Do a mixture of core exercises that include regular crunches and heavy resistance such as the ab plank, weighted crunches or the ab wheel.

3. Do cardio exercise so that you're burning fat all over your body (including the fat over your stomach.) Choose cardio exercises that require you to recruit your core muscles such as kickboxing, jogging, power walking, dancing and stair climbing.

4. Do total body resistance training (yoga, Pilates, circuit training) that incorporates the core to get faster results.