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6 Lower Abs Exercises for a Flat Stomach and a Strong Core

Your core is about so much more than a flat stomach and a six-pack. But let's get real—the lower abs near your gut (you know, the area that is prone to bloating and can make you look and feel fuller than you really are) is a problem area for even the fittest people.

What to do? First, stop doing only crunches. This basic abs exercise targets only the rectus abdominis, which is essentially the front of your core responsible for sculpting "abs." Sounds great right? Well, it is, but it's just not enough when it comes to toning and tightening your lower abs and entire core. So, we enlisted the help of the adorable, and—make no mistake—super-strong duo, SISSFiT. Lauren and Kelly are not only sisters, but personal trainers, sports models, and former college athletes, and they're going to show you a handful of moves that will help you get rid of that lower belly fat for good. Do these six moves anywhere and everywhere. (Want even more belly burn? Try this 10-minute core workout for toned lower abs.)

How to do it: You'll perform each move in the circuit for the specified reps before repeating the entire circuit two more times, taking minimal rest in between rounds.
What you'll need: A yoga mat and a foam roller

Foam Roller Plank Cross-Over

A. In high plank position, place both hands on the foam roller. Bring right knee to meet left elbow, and return to plank.
B. Bring left knee to meet right elbow, and return to plank. Continue alternating sides.

Do 10 reps on each side.

Forearm Plank Swivel

A. Starting in forearm plank, gently lower hips to one side, hovering just above the ground while keeping shoulders square to the front and your back flat.
B. Rotate hips back through center and over to opposite side. Repeat side-to-side movement.

Do 10 reps on each side.

Reverse Crunch

A. Lie on your back with legs in table top position. Crunch up, lifting your butt off the ground, bringing elbows to meet knees.
B. Lower shoulders back to ground while simultaneously dropping heels back down to tap the mat. Keep knees bent.

Do 20 reps.

Plank Jack + Up-Down

A. Starting in high plank position, quickly jump feet out wide and back in before lowering onto forearms, one arm at a time.
B. Reverse the move, pressing back up into high plank. Repeat pattern.

Do 10 reps.

Flutter Kicks

A. With hands resting gently under your lower back (top of your butt), extend legs long to hover about 6 inches off the ground.
B. Quickly alternate kicking feet up and down just a few inches.

Do 40 reps (each leg is one rep).

Butterfly Crunch

A. Lie on your back with soles of the feet touching, knees out to the side in a butterfly position, and arms stretched out long in front of you. Crunch up, bringing shoulder blades off the mat, reaching hands through the center to touch heels.
B. Slowly lower back down to starting position and repeat.

Do 20 reps.

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