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The best machines to flatten your stomach

The best machines to flatten your stomach

Machines can really be our best friends at times. When it comes to the best machines to flatten your stomach, here are some of our greatest.

Seated Ab Curl Machine

Toning your stomach muscles can give it the appearance of being slimmer, even though you can’t specifically target the fat.

The crunch machine basically mimics a crunch, but in an upright position.

While you sit on the machine, grip the handles and adjust the seat so the handles are at the same level as your shoulders. The lever for adjusting the seat is located at the side of your seat.

As you pull the lever, push your body backward or forward in the seat to adjust. Hook your feet behind the footpads in order to stabilise your legs. Keeping your hips stationary, flex your waist so the elbows travel downward, keeping the hands firmly gripped on the handles.

Return and repeat doing two to three sets of 12 to 15 crunches.

Lever Lying Twist

This machine focuses on the sides of your abs, also called the obliques, or not so formal – your love handles!

A moveable seat, it has handles that allow you to twist your torso back and forth. Lying on your back, the idea is to place your hands on the handles, head on the pad, the partition between the legs and your feet on the foot bars.

To perform the twisting movement, disengage the hand lever and rotate the machine to one side until full spinal rotation can be felt. Once you’ve brought your body back to the centre, re-engage the lever and then repeat on the opposite side.

Do two to three sets on each side with 12 to 15 reps per set.

Cardio Machines

Anything that gets your heart rate up is going to help burn the belly fat.

The treadmill is great for running, jogging or even walking exercises. And you can alternate the speed and incline to your own ability and goals.

Also try stationary bikes, elliptical machines, stair climbers and rowing machines.



the author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running ultra marathons. In addition to training for her epic runs she finds time for strength training, Pilates and Yoga. .