Here’s a quick trick you probably have never heard of before.
It’s called the “stomach vacuum“, or ab vacuum, and it’s an exercise that you can do anywhere, anytime. If done properly, it helps flatten your stomach by strengthening your transverse abdominis muscle. This is the muscle that holds your abs tight and flat.
Stomach vacuums are simple. They can be performed while standing, sitting, laying, or kneeling in a plank position. Here’s how to do it:
- Take a deep breath, then exhale all the air out of your lungs.
- With all the air out, pull your belly button in towards your spine. Think of trying to make your abs and lower back touch.
- Hold your stomach in for 20-30 seconds while breathing through your nostrils lightly.
- Repeat 2-3 more times.
My favorite place to do this is while I’m laying in bed before I go to sleep. Sometimes I do it while I’m driving too. I wouldn’t advice that though unless you want to crash your car.
Although the stomach vacuum helps with keeping your stomach flat, keep in mind that it is NOT a fat burning exercise. No matter how many times you do this or any other ab exercise, you won’t get a six-pack. The only way to ever get abs is to lower your body-fat percentage.