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5 Tummy Flattening Exercise Tutorials

These 5 tummy flattening exercises and protein shake recipes are sponsored by EAS Sports Nutrition. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Being a wife and momma is the most challenging work I do. It takes a lot of sacrifice that I willingly give even to my own detriment.

Sometimes I’ve given so much, that I didn’t leave enough for myself. My husband saw that, which he admired, but he felt it wasn’t healthy to give everything to the family and not take care of myself. I wasn’t eating like I should, dressing up or exercising.

We sat down and made some changes so that I could take care of my health and well being. This included planning meals I liked and exercising. When I started eating better and exercising, I began feeling better mentally and physically.

If you’re struggling in they area, I want to help you just like my husband helped me. First, I’m going to show you how to prepare a simple protein packed workout shake using EAS® 100% Whey Protein. Then I’ll show you my favorite tummy flattening exercises. After having four children, it’s one of the areas that’s hardest to keep toned. I used to wear girdles to hide my bulge, but I got tired of that real quick. Instead, I decided to find a routine that targeted my stomach and fit into my busy schedule.

So let’s start with the protein shake. In the morning before I workout, I make a Banana Strawberry protein shake using EAS® 100% Whey Protein. Here’s the recipe.

Banana Strawberry Protein Shake


  • 1 scoop of EAS® 100% Whey Protein (vanilla)
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon of Flax Seed
  • 1 cup of 2% milk or vanilla Almond milk


1. Add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend on high for about 2 minutes until smooth and creamy.

There are a lot of protein powders on the market, but be careful of trying to go super cheap. Look at the ingredients and test the flavors.  EAS® is one of my favorites because of the flavor and the way the powder dissolves. Some powders don’t mix well and produce a lumpy shake which I don’t like.

The newest EAS® formula has 30g of protein which is the ideal amount your body needs to recover after a workout. It has no fillers, no added sugar and no proprietary blends, only high-quality pure whey protein.”Proprietary blends” means it has a combination of ingredients, instead of pure ones.

Pre Workout Protein Shake

After drinking my shake I work on an abdominal exercises at home. Here is my step-by-step abdominal exercise routine.

Crunches – 100 times

My complete abdominal exercise takes about 30 minutes.

I begin with my back flat on the mat. I lift my chest, contract my abdominal muscles and reach my finger tips toward my ankles. I do this 100 times.
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Crunch Twist – 15 times per side

Then I complete 30 crunch twists alternating from side to side. This works the lower abdominal muscles and obliques. This exercise is key to making sure I tone up evenly. I don’t want to have a flat stomach with pudginess on the sides of my midsection.

To do the exercise, I start with my back and both feet flat on the floor. Next, I place my finger tips behind my head. Now, I lift my upper body, and slower bring my right elbow in toward my left knee. Then I lower my foot and back to the start position. I repeat the process on the alternate side, doing 15 reps per side totaling 30 Crunch Twists.

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Alternating Planks – 60 timesI like to do Alternating Planks for my third exercise but, you could also hold a full plank for 60 seconds if you’re a beast. To alternate, I start in the elbow plank position with my legs extended, and feet slightly apart. Then I switch to a full plank. A full plank is legs extended, feet slightly apart and both hands planted directly below my shoulders. I hold each position for a second or so and switch until I’ve reach 60 reps.

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Next, I move on the Knee- Under Planks which work the abdominal muscles as well as arms, legs and back.Knee-Under Planks – 20 times per side

For these, I start in a Full Plank position. Then, I lift my left foot from the floor while bringing my left knee in under my body toward my right side.

There will be a little rotation involved in order to get that knee-under affect, but that’s what you want. That rotation helps work those obliques we talked about. I alternate using my left and right leg, 10 times per side.

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Lying Leg Raises – 15 times

Lying Leg Raises are one of the hardest exercise for me. By now my core is tired and I really have to fight the urge to lift my back off the floor when lowering my legs. I start with my legs in the air with my body at about a 90 degree angle. I slowly lower my legs toward the floor, as far as I can without allowing my lower back to lift up from the floor. I hold for a second and lift my legs back to my start position. I repeat this 15 times.

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Side Plank – 15 timesThe last exercise I do is the Side Plank. I start by lying on my side on the mat. Then I put my hand  on the  mat under my shoulder perpendicular to my body. Next, I place my upper leg directly on top of my lower leg. Then I straighten my knees and hips.

Now I slowly raise my body upward by straightening my waist and making my body ridged.  I hold myself in that position for two seconds then lower my hips and legs back to the floor. I repeat the process 15 times on both the right and left sides of my body.

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By now, I’m hot, sweaty and in need of recovery so I make a post workout shake using one scoop of EAS® 100% Whey Protein and 1 cup of vanilla Almond milk.
Post Workout Protein Shake #PowerInProtein #easbrand


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24 thoughts on “5 Tummy Flattening Exercise Tutorials

  1. In the event that you basically needed to get fit and tone your body, you truly don't have to do unlimited reps of seat presses and weight lifting. fashionhandbagireland

  2. I never use protein powder but I probably should! I need to find some here in Norway that isn't to expensive though. I also rarely do ab training because I have horrible diastasis recti and I was told to never do regular ab trainings cause it can make it worse…

  3. Those exercises would really help strengthen your core muscles and tone your belly. I used to exercise a lot, but have fallen behind because of all those pressing deadlines at work. Thank you for the reminder. I'm tweaking my schedule so I can squeeze in a few minutes of exercise.

  4. These exercises look easy enough for me to incorporate into my home workout routine. I will also keep an eye out for the whey protein. I need to up my nutrition as well.

  5. What a wonderful husband! I'm in the same boat. I'm not prioritizing my health right now and I need to be reflective on what needs to change in order for me to get my workouts in once again.

  6. These are some great tips to get fit! Must try!!!

  7. this post will be quite handy in a few months when I get this baby out! Cant wait to get back to ab work!

  8. Since we do a lot of traveling,… I take protein powder with me when we go. In Las Vegas, I drank a protein powder drink every morning for breakfast for 3 weeks. You know, I was hardly hungry the rest of the day.

  9. Saidah, I have neglected my health BIG TIME! My tummy will love you once I start using these exercises. I have recently started drinking homemade protein shakes, so I appreciate the recipes, too.

  10. I have lost a lot of weight already through diet, but my tummy is still big. I will try these exercises. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I always need new tummy workouts! I also have been on a huge banana kick so this is perfect!

  12. Great to know! Once baby #7 arrives this will be so helpful, I'll want to get right back on it asap! – Jeanine

  13. I've got to get serious about an exercise program. I've been putting it off you too long and you inspire me!!!!

  14. since I stopped working outside of the home, I've also fallen into the bad habit of just doing for everyone else and not myself. I need to get myself back on track too – thanks for the reminder and the exercises.

  15. I am starting to get that drive that you have. I need to learn a lot more about nutrition, I am exercising the most time I have is approximately 15 to 20 minutes if I'm lucky. But I do go to the gym each day and if I can't make it to the gym then I do some kind of exercise at home. I really would love to have my core a lot better than what it looks now.

  16. Ooh I hate those side planks with a passion. I know they're good for you, but my shoulders really don't like them!

    1. There are so many other exercises you could do so if skip that if it bothers your shoulder. My shoulder is always out of whack between these and the bench press. 🙁

  17. I admire your drive! I always start an exercise program, do it for several months along with clean eating and then fall off the wagon. I need to start again and these tummy exercises are a perfect jump start as the weight in my tummy area has started creeping back on.

    1. I fall of the wagon all the time to. Getting back on is the key. It's hard but it's worth it. 🙂

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