5 Exercises That Will Show Your Lower Belly Who’s Boss

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One trainer’s favorite moves for flattening that tricky spot

When you’re trying to target your lower abs, all abs-strengthening moves are not created equal. Fact is, some are much more effective at working those tough-to-get-to muscles. So we asked celebrity trainer Michelle Lovitt, an Asics America conditioning coach, for her top moves to target your lower belly. She came through with these five super-tough ones you’ll love (after the fact, at least).

1. Rolling Plank

This core-stabilizing move improves strength throughout your core—especially in your lower abs, says Lovitt. Bonus: It also builds lower back strength, she says.
How to Do It:

Begin in a plank position with your body forming a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles (A). Rotate to your left side and into a side plank. Hold for 10 seconds (B), then rotate into a right side plank and hold for another 10 seconds. That’s one rep. Return to a plank position and repeat.

2. Cross-Body Mountain Climbers

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Although this is a multi-tasking move that works you whole body, Lovitt says its main target is your lower abs—it engages your abdominals and oblique muscles (for stability) while also working your hips and low back.

How to Do It:

Assume a push up position with your arms completely straight. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles (A). Lift your right knee toward your left elbow (B), lower, then raise your left knee toward your right elbow. That’s one rep.

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