EXERCISE: FLAT STOMACH

By admin
24 May 2013

A few exercises to help you get Shakira's tummy, which is as flat as an ironing board

Flat as an ironing board is a good description of the shape of Shakira’s tummy. The singer has always been secretive about her exercise and diet regimen, but those hips and abdomen are proof she’s doing something right. And it’s not only the result of having good genes. She exercises six times a week for an hour at a time and combines a strength routine with cardio exercises. She also does belly-dancing exercises to keep that tummy in perfect shape.

Full sit-up into abdominal twist

Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the ground. Extend your arms straight out at a 90° angle to your body. Do a sit-up, coming straight up, with hands still stretched out. Twist to one side, extending your arms as far as possible to the side. Return to your starting position and then back to the floor in a vertical position. Repeat the movement, this time with a twist to the opposite direction. Start with atleast 60 seconds. Always to exhale as you come up.

Superman

This is excellent for firming your abdomen. Start in a push-up position, arms straight. Raise your right arm, at the same time as lifting your left leg as high as you can. This forces you to balance on one hand and the opposite foot. Return to the push-up position and alternate, using the other arm and leg. Exercise slowly to ensure you maintain your balance.

Turkish Stand-up

This will get your abdominal muscles working in unison. Lie on your back, knees bent and feet on the floor, with arms extended beyond your head, palms facing upwards. Move into a sitting position, keeping your arms raised in line with your ears. Push up into a standing position, using one hand only and holding your stance. Slowly and carefully sit down, then roll onto your back to complete the movement. Your aim should be to stand up without using your hand to push up. Alternate the arm you use to get into the standing position. And again, easy does it!

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