I'm Beth Hoover and today I'm going to show you how to lift weights to flatten the stomach. Adding resistance to your abdominal workout is a great way to add some variety to your ab routine. Today I'm going to show you a couple of exercises that are going to help you create a long, lean torso. What you're going to need for these exercises is one dumbbell, medium to heavy weight. You're going to stand with your feet hip width apart, holding the dumbbell right at chest level. You're going to sit back into a squat and as you stand up from the squat you're going to lift one knee and bring the elbow to the opposite knee performing an oblique crunch. Try to really get that rotation in there so that you are really feeling those ab muscles kick and and those obliques will start to fire. For the second exercise, you're going to take the dumbbell, we're going to hold it straight overhead and you're going to step out in a lateral step with one foot and then lean to the side and then step back in, step out with the opposite foot and lean to the side. You can progress this exercise by going deeper into a lunge and really leaning to the side a little but further if you can. Make sure that you keep the abs pulled in tight so that you really protect that back during this movement.