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Shrink Belly Fat Faster With This 10-Minute Ab Routine, Trainer Says

Set your timer for 10 minutes, and get to it!
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If you're reading this, you may not like to hear that the hardest part of the body to lose body fat in is the belly. Unfortunately, it's where fat usually goes away last for most of us, and it involves a lot of hard work and patience to shrink belly fat faster. In order to get serious about getting rid of it, you have to be prepared to practice the basics consistently. This means eating at a calorie deficit, performing strength training three times a week, and getting in your aerobic exercise. When you focus on improving your workout performance and staying on track with your diet, be confident knowing it will come off. Although it's been said that abs are mostly made in the kitchen, you can still improve them by incorporating exercises into your routine which target them directly.

Performing ab exercises will build strength and muscle in your core, and also drive blood flow into your midsection. As you get leaner, you'll notice an aesthetic change from training them regularly. If you're looking to shrink belly fat faster, here's an ab routine you can incorporate into your weekly workouts. Set a timer for 10 minutes, and perform as many sets of the following movements back-to-back, and you will be quite pleased with the results. Read on to learn more, and next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.


trainer performing v-ups exercise to shrink belly fat faster
Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Start V-ups by lying flat on your back with your arms over your head and your feet fully extended. Press your lower back into the ground, and begin the movement by raising your legs straight up and reaching your hands towards your feet. Crunch hard at the top, then lower yourself under control back to starting position. Perform 10 to 15 reps.

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Cross-Body Mountain Climber

cross-body mountain climber
Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Begin the cross-body mountain climber exercise by getting into a pushup position with your feet fully extended and shoulders in line with the wrist. Keep your core tight, and take one knee and drive it towards the opposite elbow, flexing your obliques at the end. Bring your leg back to the pushup position before doing it again with the other leg. Alternate back and forth, maintaining tension in your core the entire time. Perform 10 reps for each leg.

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Leg Lifts Over Dumbbell

trainer demonstrating leg lifts over dumbbell to shrink belly fat faster
Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Start these leg lifts by placing a dumbbell (or elevated marker) in front of you. With your feet straight and together, lift it up a few inches off the ground, then bring it above the dumbbell. Lift your legs over and back, maintaining tension in your core the entire time. Perform 10 to 15 reps on each side.

Hollow Body Hold

trainer demonstrating hollow body hold
Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

For the hollow body hold, lay down flat on your back with your arms extended over your head and your feet straight out and together. Pressing your lower back to the floor, slightly curl yourself up, lifting your legs and arms above the air. Your body should be in the shape of a banana.

Be sure to keep tension in your core at all times, and try not to overcompensate with your lower back. You can regress the exercise by raising both your legs and arms higher until you get the strength to have it lower. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.

Tim Liu, C.S.C.S., CSCS
Tim Liu, CSCS, is an online fitness and nutrition coach based in Los Angeles Read more about Tim
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