6 Tricks to Get a Flat Stomach Fast

Do the windmill!Do the windmill!Yeah, you're probably not after six-pack abs, but a flat stomach? Um, yes please. Patrick Frost, a trainer at Barry's Bootcamp, swears these exercises will give you one in no time.

By Korin Miller

1. The Elbow Plank
Pull your body into a plank position, and then lower yourself onto your elbows. Keep your shoulders over your elbows, make sure your abs are flat, and clench down there like you do when you do your Kegels. Remember to breathe but don't allow your stomach or lower back to drop. Hold this for 60 seconds.

2. The Side Elbow Plank
Start in the same position as the elbow plank, then turn your body to the side so that your hips are stacked above each other and straighten your arm that's in the air. Hold this position for 60 seconds and add a hip pulse after you've held it for 30 seconds. Then flip and do the same on the opposite side.

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3. The Basic Crunch
There's a reason why crunches are an oldie but goodie: They're great at flattening your abs. For this one, lay on your back and bend your knees, keeping your feet flat on the floor. As you exhale, draw your navel in and lift your shoulders off the ground. Inhale and release, but don't fully relax your abs. Do this for 60 seconds.

4. The V-Hold
Start out laying on your back and lift your legs and back off the ground to form a V-shape, holding your arms to the side. Keep your back and legs straight and hold the position. After 15 seconds, add an arm pulse. Keep doing this for a total of 30 seconds.

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5. The Windmill
Stand up straight with your legs shoulder-width apart, and pivot your left hip out. Make your right foot perpendicular to your left, and draw the outside of your right hand to the inside of your right thigh. Move your left arm straight up into the air, and bend to the right, using your obliques. Then "windmill" your arms around to the opposite side. You can add dumbbells if you want more resistance. Do 15 reps on each side.

6. The Isometric Bicycle
Start off laying on your back with your hands behind your ears, pointing your elbows out. Lift your shoulders off the floor and move your right elbow to your left knee, keeping your spine connected to the floor. Hold this for 20 seconds and switch, finishing with a fast bicycle move. Do this for 60 seconds total.

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