When you start looking for exercises to tone the stomach, it’ll do you good to view the task as a two pronged approach, as this will dramatically increase your chance for success.
First and most importantly, you need a group of exercises that will help you to strip away fat from the stomach. These exercises will involve working as many muscle groups as possible, because the more muscles worked in an exercise the greater increase in your RMR (resting metabolic rate). A high RMR means that fat is still being burnt while you are at rest, long after your workout has ended.
The second – and less important – ‘prong’ is exercises that involve direct use of the stomach itself (eg, crunches). Some are more effective than others; I’ll get into that more in a minute.
As far as the fat-stripping, multi-joint exercises go, the key thing is to find one that offers some significant resistance while working as many large muscle groups as possible. One of the best that is comfortable for both sexes is the Dumbbell Lunge. Here is what it looks like:
The value of the Lunge is that it not only incorporates the massive thigh and glute muscles, but also engages the stomach due to the depth of the bend and the balance required. It’s an all-around fat-losing, stomach-toning winner.
When it comes to exercises that specifically target the stomach, the most powerful exercises are going to be those that involve movement of the lower body. This is because the lower body weighs more than the upper, so the greater resistance is causing more abdominal engagement.
A great example of this is the Reverse Crunch, seen in the video below: