Get Flat Abs In Just 8 Minutes

Denise Austin
by Denise Austin | 
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Workouts
I get asked all the time how to get flat abs... it can be one of the first areas of our bodies to go, but the good news is that it can be one of the easiest to tackle! My 8-Minute Standing Flat Abs Workout can help - not only will it help you tackle your midsection, but it is all done standing up! No getting on the ground with this 8-minute flat abs standing workout!!

So set aside some time today to do this workout!

In addition to this flat abs workout, here are some other ways to tackle your midsection and keep it flat and toned:

  • Eat right. Follow a diet that is healthy, and your body will naturally respond - in a positive way! Try these dieting tips to help you eat right and stick with it.
  • Do cardio. Cardiovascular workouts are a great way to burn calories and fat, which will go a long way to keeping your waist and belly slim and trim. Check out my favorite cardio workouts for different ages - there is something for everyone!
  • Do yoga and Pilates. Both of these forms of fitness naturally target the core, to create a long, lean, toned look for your midsection when you do it consistently. Try this fat burning yoga and Pilates workout for even more flat abs benefits!
  • Consider a stability ball and resistance bands workout. This is one of the best ways to target the abs, and a form of exercise I have been doing for years. My Shape, Strengthen and Sculpt Kit includes a ball, set of resistance bands, and a digital guide with a 12-minute a day workout that can help YOU get a whittled waistline, flat abs, strong arms and legs, and more - it's truly a wonderful way to work your entire body! Right now you can save $20 when you buy my Shape, Strengthen and Sculpt Kit!

I hope these flat ab tips and workout help YOU get that toned midsection you are looking for. With some effort and consistency, you can have toned abs - you can do it!

Let's get fitter, together - inside and out,

Denise

8-Minute Standing Flat Abs Workout Transcript

Welcome to your eight-minute standing abs workout! Really focus on the core muscles to flatten that belly. The first exercise is just to lift those knees, using your abdominals… think good posture. Your back is strong and straight. We're starting to use all the muscles in the core. Right now, pull the belly button in, relax your shoulders and lift those legs. That's it. Feeling it all through here, pull and engage the abs. Tighten up that tummy. That's it. The more we practice pulling in the abs, the better naturally it will be there. Nice and flat pulled in. We got two more. That's it. You’re tall. Back is strong and straight. Last one. Beautiful. Now next level. Bring your arms behind you. Press it back. Like a sit up. And now we'll do crunches. Little crunches, belly button pulls up and in, that's it hollow out through the abs.

Beautiful. Pull in the abs. Pull it in ,little standing crunches. You got this - great. We got two more. Lift that belly button up and in, last one, and relax. Okay. Now let's think about strong arms. Abs stretch out your arms and pull across. That's it. Now we're working the sides of the waistline. That's it - The oblique muscles. You got it. Good. This will help trim and slim the waistline. There are four sections of the core we're going to work today. Good. Your obliques  that shape the waistline, the rectus abdominis, the front of your tummy, the abdominal area. That's going to flatten that belly. That's it. And then the transverse abdominis. OK got two more, pull across, last one - great. Just stretch it to the other side. Think about lengthening and pull across. Good, like a crunch. You got it. Side profile and really pull in there. You got it, pull it in that way. Move side to side, you got it. You're doing great and proud of you. Just keep moving and breathe.

Inhale. Exhale. Great. Two more. Last one. Okay. Standing up nice and tall. Bend your knees to protect the back and also to keep your back strong. Bring your elbows up towards you and little twist. Just twist through the way slide. Good. We're going to work the abs from all angles. Twisting really works. Those oblique muscles, the waistline muscle. That's it. But notice the back is strong and straight. Keep your knees bent and let's take it down. Good. Take it back up. You got it. Take it down. Push the elbows behind you and back up and hold it right here. Fingertips right here and twist and twist. You got it. Use your waistline. Really twist it. Rotational twist helps trim the torso. That's it. We got two more, last one. Oh, okay. Sides of the waistline reach to the other side reach. And so now working all through the waistline, the lower abs to pull in the belly button, it's just a slight reach.

Really feel it, reach further. So you get all through here. There you go. Standing abs. They work. You don't even have to get down on the ground and do a crunch. Just do it right here with me. Really focus here though. Tighten up through the abs. It's all about focusing. That's it. We got two more. Last one and relax. Take a deep breath. Inhale and exhale. Placing your hands on your thighs. Push against your thighs. Tighten up through the tummy and release. Now push through the tummy. Feel it, tighten it up. That's it flat, flat, flat, and release. Now we're going to round the back, pull the belly up, up and in and flatten the back. Strong. Good now go down to the ground. Inhale here. Exhale. As you pull the tummy and tighten up those abs. Tighten, and release. Good again. Inhale here.

Exhale. Pull up, exhale out all the air and inhale. One more time. Inhale, exhale out and release. Beautiful. Now, place your leg out in front of you. Lift your chest back. Lean slightly back and then pull in the abs. Pull in an abs. You got it. Balancing on that leg. Give it a try, pull. Great working those lower abs right now, lift to you're feeling extension and crunch, extension and crunch. The balance is key for the core muscles. Beautiful. Let's go to the other side. So lift out, lean back. Let me see your lean back a little tight-knit belly. Tighten up the tushie and crunch and reach. Stand up tall. You got it. Good. Reach and crunch. Inhale. Exhale here. Inhale. Exhale. Lean a little more. You got it. Last one. Okay. Now for the side crunch, lift your arms straight over your head. Place your foot to the side.

You're going to crunch to the side and lift that's it. You got it. Beautiful. Lengthen through the spine and now crunch, side crunches. Beautiful. You got it. Just a couple of these crunches to go, ok last one. Okay. To the other side, reach your leg out. Pull in the spine. You got it and crunch down. Crunching. That way. Yes. Good, working that belly, working the waistline. Good. This one takes a lot of balance. So just do the best you can, but pull in your tummy. The core is tight. Your abs are engaged. You got release, inhale up and crunch down. Exhale. Hold the crunch, and pull back up, up, up, up, up, up, squeeze that tushie one more time. Lengthen the spine while it lengthens your abdominals.

Good, back is strong and straight. Beautiful and lift back up. Got two more. Now hands go behind you lift up, up, up, up, bend your knees to protect the spine. Go down nice and straight. Straight, straight back is strong and straight. Use your abs and your buttocks to get you up. Good. One more. Here we go. Lengthen so you're going to work the abs in all directions, inhale, exhale, and release. Beautiful. Let's stretch out through the sides of the waist. Beautiful stretch. Oh, lean into this stretch. Just do the best you can lift. Lift, lift. Wonderful. Now hold it right here. Lift up your abs. That's it. Hold it. Inhale and exhale out. Great. Okay. Let's stretch through the arms and shoulders and lengthen through the abdominals now. Good. Just a few cool down stretches, open up through the hips, helps your core and to the other side stretch up and over. That's it look up and over, last stretch, up and over. Give yourself a nice big hug. You did it!