Top 6 Exercises for a Flat Stomach

Women: looking for that elusive flat stomach? Combine this abs workout with a smart diet and weekly cardio, and you’ll reach your goals in no time!

Using six of the top exercises for a flat stomach, we created this workout to target the different core muscles while burning calories for fat loss. Mountain climbers are one exercise that’s great for raising your heart rate, while engaging your core muscles to hold you steady in the position. So, it burns calories and strengthens muscles. Leg raises target your lower abs, sit ups your upper abs, and Russian twists your obliques. With this workout, you’ll engage all the important ab muscles to get real, visible results.


It’s time to get that flat stomach! Combine this 8 week abs workout plan with the included dieting and cardio advice, and you will help your body build and firm your abdominals while stripping away excess stomach fat.

Workout Frequency

Perform this abs workout 2-3x a week after your resistance training sessions. It can also be performed on off training days, or with your cardio workouts.


Perform 3-4 cardio workouts per week for 20 to 30 minutes per session. Choose whichever form of cardio you prefer, from walking to sprinting to swimming to biking. The important thing to remember is that cardio should be enjoyable. If you dread performing cardio, you are more likely to miss sessions. It doesn’t really matter what you are doing because you are burning calories. A flat stomach is made in the kitchen, and your diet is doing most of the work.

What You’ll Need: A mat to lay on the floor, a light dumbbell (2-5 lbs.), and a gym timer (Gymboss is a free to download app).
What to Do: Perform each exercise for 40 seconds, taking 20-second breaks in between. Finish all exercises in order, then repeat.

Beginners: 3 rounds
Intermediate: 4 rounds
Advanced: 5 rounds


  1. Mountain Climbers

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  1. Leg Raises with Dumbbell

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  2. Russian Twist with Dumbbell

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  3. Straight Leg Sit Up

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  4. Jackknife Crunch

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  5. Plank

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