Are you getting fed up with that unwanted belly fat that’s hanging over your jeans? We understand the struggle can be real, so we linked up with Laura Endresa personal trainer on Fitabout the most effective workout that’ll help get rid of your belly overhang. (For those of you who didn’t know, Fyt is the biggest personal training service in the nation that makes fitness under the expert guidance of an in-person or virtual, certified fitness professional convenient and accessible for everyone.) Endres tells us that in order to firm up your bellyyou need to sculpt muscle and burn fat. Once your body fat decreases, “you’ll reveal those lovely, toned muscles” you worked so hard to achieve!
First up, you’ll go through your warm-up routine. Then, set your timer for 10 minutes. Endres instructs to cycle through the below four exercises as many times as possible within that 10-minute timeframe. Rest when necessary. Each time you do this workout, you can complete even more rounds!
Read on to learn more about this productive workout Endres put together to get rid of your belly overhang. And next up, don’t miss The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
This exercise will raise your heart rate and help you torch unwanted fat, working the obliques so that you achieve a “chiseled look.” Endres guides you through the movement, saying, “Lace your fingers behind your head, and lower into a deep squat. As you press up out of the squat, lift your right knee, twist to your right, and bring your left elbow and right knee together. Repeat, alternating sides.” Aim for 20 reps.
Get your cardio and fat-burn mode on with Criss-Cross Mountain Climbers. According to Endres, “The way you drive your knees toward the opposite arms torches the abdominals!” She continues, “Get into a plank position on your hands and toes. Brace your upper body and ‘run’ your knees toward your chest, but bring each knee toward the opposite leg, crossing the body.” Aim for 20 reps.
This “Pilates-style sit-up” will lengthen and strengthen your front ab muscles. In order to do it, you’re going to lie flat on your back on the ground, making sure your arms are extended above your head. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, roll both your head and shoulders off the ground, bringing your arms to your feet (easier) or the ceiling (more difficult). Endres continues to explain, “At the top, sit tall, reaching arms up toward the ceiling then reverse the move. Again, on an exhale, round your back and roll down little by little while keeping your arms extended toward the ceiling (harder) or your feet (easier) until you’re in the reclined start position.” Aim for 10 reps.
This movement is actually a lot more difficult than it looks, and trust us when we say your ab muscles are in for a serious challenge. To begin, Endres instructs, “Sit upright and hold a medicine ball with both hands. Lean back, keeping your spine long, your chest lifted, and your chin tucked, then twist right and left, exhaling as you twist. Do not let your back round. The further you lean back, the harder it is. Aim for 10 reps (right and left count as 1 rep).
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