A common question I get from both men and women are how to get rid of the little “pouch” that has formed in the region of their lower abs. Most report as they are losing weight and the rest of their body seems to be slimming down, this is the one area that doesn’t seem to want to go away.
DO NOT WORRY YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
I always tell people that unfortunately, this is normally the first place people seem to gain weight and seems to be the last place that the weight seems to want to leave. Everybody is different and each body type will gain weight and lose weight in different areas; however, women who have had babies seem to have the most difficulty with this area. This is due to the fact that these muscles get (possibly torn) or stretched during pregnancy, so it is very important to begin training these muscles again after child birth in order to prevent low back, hip, or knee problems as well as retain a flatter stomach.
This could be for many reasons, but mainly if people are not properly educated on how to engage their transverse abdominis muscle, they will have difficulty stimulating those lower abs.
Learn more about your pelvic tilt and the transverse abdominis muscle here
Although we can’t spot reduce, (meaning just doing these exercises alone will not make your belly fat go away) doing these exercises in combination with full body weight training and proper nutrition, you should begin to see your lower abs tightening up.
Try performing 1 set of each of these exercises and repeat for 2 to 3 rounds.
If you begin to feel pain in your lower back, stop immediately!