If you’ve tried just about everything and your flabby stomach won’t move, you’re not alone. This is one of the biggest complaints I get from my customers. The only way to lose fat in your belly (and anywhere in your body, for that matter) is to eat healthy, do regular strength training, and focus on your cardio and daily steps. If you’re not sure where to go, below we provide an effective bootcamp-style workout that will help you get rid of a flabby stomach and tone your stomach.
To be transparent, your training will not be easy. If you’re unfamiliar with boot camp workouts, they can get quite intense (although you can adjust them to suit your level and what you’d like to achieve). Boot camp workouts are a great way to speed up your metabolism, increase muscle fiber and burn extra calories. When doing this type of workout, make sure the bulk of the exercises come from compound strength training moves.
Here’s an example of a bootcamp-style workout to get rid of a flabby stomach. Perform each move back to back without rest, aiming for 3 to 4 sets of the next.
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Begin this move by holding a dumbbell vertically in front of your chest. Keeping your core tight, push your hips back and squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Drive through your heels and hips to get back up, flexing your quads and glutes to finish.
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To perform the bodyweight row, grab the equipment available to you. It could be rings (like I have here), it could be a rod, or it could be a TRX/suspension strap. If using a leash, make sure to use a neutral grip (palms facing you). If you have a bar, you can use the pronated (palms overhand) or supinated (underhand) grip.
Put your feet forward and lean back slightly to at least 45 degrees. Keeping your core tight and hips high, pull yourself in by driving your elbows toward your hips. Squeeze your lats and upper back hard to complete, then extend your arms fully until your shoulder blades extend down before performing another rep.
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Start this exercise with a dumbbell in each hand. Step forward with one leg and plant your foot firmly. Then lower yourself under control until your back knee gently touches the floor. Then walk forward with the other leg and repeat.
Hold a pair of dumbbells at shoulder height. Keep your core tight and dive into a quarter squat. Explode and use the momentum to push the weight overhead. Control yourself back to the starting position before performing another rep.
Start by wrapping a resistance band around a stable bar/bar. Keeping your arms completely straight, pull the straps toward you, flexing the backs of your shoulders at the end of the movement.
Tim Liu, CSCS
Tim Liu, CSCS, is an online fitness and nutrition coach based in Los Angeles Read more