Although we can’t lose weight by targeting only certain areas locally, it’s very possible to make our waist look slimmer and our belly look flatter. A few muscle groups are responsible for our middle part, and we just need to find exercises that work on isolating these muscles. Another trick is that these exercises should be done in such a way that we make these muscles strong and toned, but not large and misshapen. And the workouts in this article have been specially selected to meet this goal.

Our middle section has only 3 main muscle groups and each of them plays a special role in how our waist and abdomen look. If the deep-lying transverse abdominal muscles are not strong enough, the abdomen will stand out. The rectus abdominis above gives us a defined 6-pack. The outer and inner oblique muscles are responsible for the waist shape and contribute to the hourglass shape that many of us aspire to.

If a slim waist and flat stomach are your goals, you should focus on toning and strengthening these muscles. That’s why you need a mix of static exercises, dynamic exercises with body weight, and stretching.