The flat-tummy exercise liked by celebs


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If you are one of many tens of millions world wide who’s lately admired the beautiful Emilia Clarke as dragon commanding Daenerys in Game of Thrones, know that there is an Aussie who helped her obtain that svelte determine, and he may also help you, too.

James Duigan has been remodeling the our bodies of the wealthy and well-known for many years – if a celeb has spent any time in London, chances are they’ve been trained by him at some point. As properly as Clarke, his consumer roll name consists of Aussie actress Holly Valance and British actress/mannequin Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and he is additionally educated Elle Macpherson – his first main celeb consumer – and actors Hugh Grant and Zoe Kravitz.

The Aussie-born private coach has grow to be fairly the well being and health entrepreneur, with books, dietary supplements and activewear in addition to his luxurious Bodyism gyms. He’s identified for his ‘Clean and Lean’ philosophy that promises a healthier body and flatter tummy in just 14 days.

His newest e-book, James Duigan’s Blueprint For Health has a extra holistic focus: “All the things that make people happy – less stress, nourishing foods, a good night’s sleep – will lead to a flat tummy,” Duigan writes. “A flat tummy won’t make you happy, but being happy will give you a flat tummy.”

His two-week plan consists of plenty of tummy-toning workouts and slimming recipes, however equal significance is placed on sleep high quality and a wholesome mindset.


“A flat tummy is way more than doing ab crunches,” Duigan says. He recommends an everyday exercise that is a mixture of body-weight resistance strikes (like his flat tummy circuit under) and cardio. He advises beginning a exercise with mobilising workout routines and ending with stretches. For the two-week tummy blitz, he recommends you train six days every week, and relaxation or have a therapeutic massage on the 7th.


Duigan’s not an enormous fan of gluten due to its irritating results, and considers refined carbs equivalent to breakfast cereal and white pasta “junk”. Carbs should not off the menu, although – most meals embody low-to-moderate quantities of root veg, brown rice, quinoa or gluten-free rolled oats. His consuming plan has 3 stable meals a day, and all have a great dose of protein, wholesome fat and many greens, plus every day fruit and caffeine is OK. Drinking at least two litres of water or herbal tea each day is encouraged, too.

Mindset and sleep

A wholesome mindset is vital for Duigan; his two-week well being blitz consists of every day meditations, but additionally morning mantras to make you are feeling highly effective (“I am strong/I am intelligent/I am loving”). Bedtime is at 10pm and Duigan offers useful ideas for pre-sleep rest. To enhance sleep and scale back stress, for instance, he suggests spending 5 minutes earlier than mattress doing a gratitude journal. “If you can master getting a nourishing night’s sleep, you’ll find you feel less stressed and more likely to be kind to yourself, which feeds into good movement, mindset and nutrition,” he says.

James’ flat-tum circuit

Lunge twist

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Lunge ahead, protecting your hips dealing with forwards, together with your head nonetheless and arms out to the facet, parallel with the bottom.

As you progress into the lunge, slowly rotate your torso over your lead leg, letting your arms rotate, too. Keep your physique upright, chest out and shoulders rolled again. Rotate again to the center, then return to the beginning place. This is 1 rep. Do 10 reps, then repeat on the opposite leg.

High plank to shin faucet

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Start in a excessive plank (with straight arms). As you hinge your hips and push your butt as much as the sky, raise your proper hand and attain beneath your torso in the direction of your left ankle (if attainable, gently faucet the entrance of your foot or ankle). Come again to a excessive plank, returning that hand to the ground, then repeat with the opposite arm.

This is 1 rep. Do 10 reps on both sides.

Side plank with knee to elbow

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Assume a side-plank place in your forearm and fringe of your decrease foot, elbow in step with your shoulder. Place your high arm behind your head, then bend it down your torso, lifting your high knee to satisfy it. Keep your hips raised.

This is 1 rep. Do 10 reps on both sides

The physique noticed

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Assume a plank place in your forearms, together with your fists clenched or your palms dealing with up. Place every foot on a gliding disc or small paper plate.

Keeping your physique in a straight line, press your forearms into the ground (your forearms should not transfer) to push your physique backwards so your ft slide again on the discs/plates.

Reverse the movement by urgent into your forearms to drag your physique forwards, again to the beginning place.

This is 1 rep. Do 10 reps.

Make it a exercise

Warm up with 2 minutes of strolling and dynamic stretches. Do 2 rounds of the circuit, then a cardio burst (see under). Repeat. Stretch to chill down.

Cardio burst

To elevate the depth of this exercise, do these strikes after 2 flat-tummy circuits.

Burpees with out soar

Stand together with your ft shoulder-width aside. Push your butt again and all the way down to a squat, then decrease to a crouch. Place your fingers on the ground in entrance of you, shoulder-width aside. Hop your ft again to a plank, physique straight, then hop them again to your fingers. Return to standing. Repeat for 1 minute.

Mountain climbers

Assume a push-up place, together with your fingers beneath your shoulders, again flat, legs straight, ft collectively and stomach button drawn in. Keeping your core tight, convey 1 knee forwards, towards your chest. Return that leg to the beginning place and repeat with the other knee. Repeat as quick as you’ll be able to for 1 minute.

This is an edited extract from James Duigan’s Blueprint for Health ($29.99, Pavilion).

Game of Thrones exercise by Bodyism’s James Duigan.

(Editor references)

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