Core Training and Ab Exercises
Trainers’ Favorite Exercises for a Flat Belly
We can name plenty of reasons it’s worthwhile to strengthen your abs: A sculpted core makes you look great in a swimsuit (and, let’s face it—naked). A solid midsection also helps improve your performance in activities like running and weight lifting, and it helps safeguard you from back pain and injury during exercise and in everyday life. (Search: Why do you need abs?) But which exercises are the best for building a strong and lean belly? We asked 10 trainers to tell us about their favorite core exercises that they use with their clients and in their own fitness regimens. Mix these moves into your workout three or four times a week for a better belly all-around by 2012.