It will never be exactly like that, though. A few years back, I had a surgery which left a scar from about an inch from my navel downward. When I lie down in certain ways the scar looks like a river between two small hills on either side. I am trying my best to get the sides trimmed and firm.
To do this, I have been doing 5 V-Up repetitions and 10 abdominal crunches each time I work out. Some weeks that amounts to five days.
Tips for the V-Up exercise:
When I make the V I try to hold it for a 5 second count.
I lower my arms and legs as slowly as I can.
I try not to rest in between repetitions. If I do, it's two or three seconds at most.
Tips for the abdominal crunches:
I do not lace my hands behind my head. I found that if I did, I was unconsciously pulling my head up. That can lead to neck injury.
I keep my arms straight at my sides about an inch from the mat.
I attempt to lift my head and upper abdomen as far as I can off the mat.
As with the V-Up, I hold each crunch for a 5 second count.
Again, I try not to rest between repetitions. Two or three seconds are the maximum rest time between repetitions.
This report on the fyiliving site talks about how much time to rest between repetitions to achieve muscle power, muscle volume increase or muscle tolerance.
That's what I'm doing to eliminate the pooch. I feel the burn in the abdominal muscles when I do these exercises so I know it has to be working. I'm looking forward to a smaller tummy. Maybe pants another one or two sizes smaller? It's a goal.
Until next time, think fit, think healthy.