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Why Women Should Avoid Ab Machines When Trying To Get A Flat Stomach

Alright ladies, so you┬┤relooking to flatten your stomach. I┬┤ve got some very important news you┬┤ll want to hear. I┬┤m going to share a secret with you that will save you a lot of time and a lot of frustration whe trying to get a flat stomach.

The ab machines you┬┤ll find at most health clubs are NOT effective at reducing your waistline! In fact, many of these machines can make the appearance of that dreaded “pooch belly” every woman hates worse!

The reason is these ab machines work by isolating one or two abdominal muscles while neglecting the deep core muscles (the ones that actually hold your stomach in). This is the same reason why crunches and sit-ups are so ineffective as ab exercises and are pretty much a waste of your time.

How Ab Machines Can Make The Appearance Of A Pooch Belly Worse!

I see the “pooch belly” problem a lot with women even after they┬┤ve lost weight and really toned up from doing resistance training. It┬┤s like there┬┤s just that one problem area around the stomach that won┬┤t go away.

One of the biggest reasons why women struggle with losing the “pooch belly” is misinformation. Nobody told them that they┬┤ll need to target this area with specific changes in their diet, cardio workouts and different core training exercises.

Yes, it takes a specialized approach.

The best ab exercises for bringing in your stomach will work the deep core muscles like the transverse abdominis, which gets neglected with machines and crunches/sit-ups.

If you want to get a flat stomach you need to do exercises that integrate all the core muscles if you want to naturally draw in your stomach. These include chops, planks, single leg reaches, vacuums and others. Check out my exercise video library for more examples along with instructions on how to do them.

Avoid any ab machine where you do the exercise sitting down!

A lot of female clients I see have some degree of lower crossed syndrome where the low back muscles and hip flexors are tight and the glutes and core muscles are inhibited. Any idea on what is a common cause for this muscle imbalance?

You guessed it sitting too much!

It┬┤s not too hard to figure out that an activity that helped to create the problem in the first place won┬┤t likely be part of the solution. The best exercises to naturally draw in your stomach will also help to improve your posture, eliminate low back pain and give you better flexibility.

Best of all, most of these exercises require very little or no equipment and can be completed even in the privacy of your own home. So if you want to get a flat stomach forget isolating those abs with some machine and starting training your core with functional movments.

I have put together a DVD excusively for women on how to get a flat stomach doing exercises in-home with a few peices of functional exercise equipment. It’s called “How To Get A Flat Stomach In 30 Days,” and you can learn more about it by clicking the link above. It’s a step by step program for four weeks with exercise progressions that are guaranteed to give you a firmer, trimmer, and sexier waistline.

Shane Doll is a certified personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, author and founder of Shaping Concepts Fitness Training Studios. Learn how you can receive a FREE no obligations trial of his Charleston personal training programs. You can also check out the video library for hundreds of functional and strength training exercises.

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