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5 Simple Ab Exercises to Shrink Your Lower Belly Pooch

Maia Henry reveals the workout responsible for her flat abs.
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If you want flat abs in time for summer, you are going to have to work out for them. Maia Henry, aka Move with Maia, is famous for sharing everything from diet tips to workouts with her hundreds of thousands of followers. In a new video, she reveals one of the most common requests she gets when it comes to exercise: "I want to target & tone my lower belly pooch, but idk what to do," she writes. The answer is, this 5-exercise workout. Here is everything you need to know about her workout – plus what other factor is key in achieving flat abs. 

Rocking Plank

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The first exercise in the set is a rocking plank, which she recommends doing for 30 seconds. In order to do the exercise, get into plank form and roll back and forth while holding yourself up with your forearms. 

Frog Crunch


Frog crunch holds for 30 seconds. This move involves laying on the floor, feet together and knees on in a frog-like position. 

Leg Raise Into V-Up


Next she does 30 seconds of leg raises into v-ups. Lay on your back, holding your upper body up with your forearms. Scrunch up your upper body and your legs into your abs. 

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Reverse Crunches


The next move she does? Reverse crunches, recommending a total of 30 seconds. 

Knee Up Elbow to Knee Crunches


And last but not least, knee up elbow to knee crunches, which is basically a scissor move. 

Can Ab Workouts Get You a Flat Stomach?


There is more to flat abs than exercise, however. Keep in mind that if you want to achieve washboard abs, you might have to alter your diet. Andrea Ausmus, CPT, FNS, & CES, Senior Director of Fitness at Gold's Gym SoCal explains that you can't out-exercise a bad diet and that "abs are made in the kitchen." 

Nutrition Is Also Key


In order to get flat abs you need to exercise but also "be diligent with your nutrition," she previously told The Body Network. "You can not separate your fitness from your nutrition, especially when it comes to sculpting your abs." 

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Maia Also Recommends Staying in a Caloric Deficit


Obviously, Maia knows this. In a recent post she breaks down a few simple ways you can achieve your "dream body by summer." When it comes to diet, she recommends maintaining a caloric deficit diet. Also, "no sweets after 8." A caloric deficit simply means that in order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume. To determine your needs, use a calorie calculator. And if you enjoyed this article don't miss 15 Quick Ways to Lose Body Fat Percentage in a Week.

Leah Groth
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