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The best exercise to get that flat tummy is a topic that has been the subject of debate in the past couple of decades.  Many claim that the “Burpee” is the best one.  Others claim that the traditional planks are still the best.  Kindly refer to the details below for additional comparison details:

Burpee

If you want to lose your gut, you need to work as many muscles as possible. The burpee does just that.

The explosive exercise—which entails going from a push-up position to a jump and back to a push-up position—hits every muscle from head to toe.

In fact, a recent study from the American College of Sports Medicine found that 10 fast-paced reps are just as effective at revving your metabolism as a 30-second all-out sprint, so you can burn your belly fat faster than ever before.

DO IT: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower your body until your palms rest on the floor about shoulder-width apart.

Kick your legs backward into a push-up position, perform a push-up, and then quickly reverse the movement and perform a jump when you stand. That’s 1 rep.

Sourced From: https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/10-flat-belly-exercises/slide/2

Burpees comprise of a combination of push-ups and jump backs (you push yourself to perform a mini “jump”).  This is a very effective way of ripping your muscles, especially in the arms, chest and core area.  In as short as 15 minutes, 4 sets with 10 repetitions each can be performed with around 30 seconds break in between set.  Some say that burpees target the chest muscles more than the core area of the abdominals.  Some claim otherwise.  Others are of the opinion that a larger and ripped chest can offset the tummy size, making the tummy look smaller.  What is agreed upon by most fitness enthusiasts is that burpees can speed up metabolism at a shocking rate.

Planks

The plank (also called a front hold, hover, or abdominal bridge) is an isometric core strength exercise that involves maintaining a position similar to a push-up for the maximum possible time.

The plank strengthens the abdominals, back, and shoulders. Muscles involved in the front plank include:

Primary muscles: erector spinae, rectus abdominis (abs), and transverse abdominus.

Secondary muscles (synergists/segmental stabilizers): trapezius (traps), rhomboids, rotator cuff, the anterior, medial, and posterior deltoid muscles (delts), pectorals (pecs), serratus anterior, gluteus maximus (glutes), quadriceps (quads), and gastrocnemius.  Muscles involved in the side plank include:

Primary: transversus abdominis muscle, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus muscles (abductors), the adductor muscles of the hip, and the external, and internal obliques.

Secondary: gluteus maximus (glutes), quadriceps (quads), and hamstrings.

Sourced From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plank_(exercise)

If you thought that 30 seconds to 1 minute is a short time, then you obviously would find it hard to believe while performing planks.  Be it the normal plank or the more challenging side planks, you will feel that 30 seconds is such a nightmare.  But the good part here is that plank target multiple muscle groups, and it is extremely beneficial in strengthening the core muscles of the abdominals.  The longer you perform a plank, the larger the strengthening in both the primary and secondary muscle groups involved and the larger the possibility of achieving the flat tummy that everyone wants.

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