The truth is, having flat abs should be a happy consequence when your workout goal is to support and strengthen your body, in particular your lower back. The crucial deep core muscle that gives you that flat belly look is the Transverse Abdominis (TVA). When correctly engaged and strengthened the TVA cinches the waist, lengthens your midsection and compresses the belly – voila! Flat abs.

Try these simple moves from Pilates instructor and founder of Bodylove Pilates Ali Handley that target the TVA to support the spine, pelvis and flatten your belly.

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