move of the week: the first step for flat abs

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People ask me all the time: “How do I target my abdominals?  How do I get rid of this belly?  Will I ever have a flat stomach?”  The answers are complicated and it takes a lot of work on top of excellent nutrition, but it is possible to flatten your belly.

Pilates exercises target the belly muscles in a unique way.  In Pilates classes, you won’t find those sit-ups we did in gym class for the Presidential Physical Fitness test.  Oh no, it’s much more in depth than that…literally.

The first step is to find your deepest layer of your abdominal muscles and this can be challenging.  There are four layers of abdominal muscles.  The deepest layer, called transversus abdominis, is an important trunk stabilizer but it often gets ignored during traditional ab exercises.  Traditional exercises target the outer abdominal layer or the “six pack.”  But we don’t necessarily want to train the six pack muscles!  I always say: “It looks good on the beach, but that’s it.”

Follow the steps and the simple yet technical exercises in this video.  If you are serious about working on the tummy area, please try this every day.  Spend 5 to 10 minutes practicing the concepts I discuss. Even if you are a big time athlete, cross-fitter, barre instructor, or couch potato, perform these exercises to gain more core control and to start your journey to a flat belly.

First step to flat abs
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First Step for Flat Abs from Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga on Vimeo.

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