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The Secret to Flatter Abs: The Exercise Move That Really Makes a Difference

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flat-absThis column features tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox.

With bikini season here, I want to focus on slimming my stomach—fast. What type of training would you recommend?

To be honest, there are some people who are genetically more prone to belly fat, and it often comes on very easily and is very difficult to take off. My trick is lots of core-strengthening exercises—specifically planks. Why? They strengthen the muscles on the front and back of the spine at the same time. I think they’re better than any machine at the gym. That’s my number one strategy. Next, it’s about getting in your daily cardio to slim down overall, and varying what you do so your body doesn’t get too used to one activity and plateau. But there is no one-size-fits-all solution. For some inspiration, try my IronStrength Workout, or teaming up with a trainer can help if you’re not likely to mix up your routine on your own.

Dr. Jordon D. Metzl is a nationally recognized medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery with practices in New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. He is the author of The Exercise Cure and The Athlete’s Book of Home Remedies. An avid athlete, Metzl has completed thirty-one marathons and eleven Ironman triathlons.

Photo: Courtesy of Lisa Marie Fernandez

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