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Tracy Anderson's Biggest Secret to a Flat Stomach Is Not What You Think

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It’s rare to walk into a clothing store these days without spotting a crop top or cutout dress. Skin-baring trends are at an all time high this season, so you’re probably paying more attention to your ab exercises at the gym. Enter Tracy Anderson, fitness guru to the stars, who shares the best way to get a six-pack — and it’s not what you think.

Tracy Anderson Scunci collaboration
Courtesy Scunci

“Don’t go for crunches of any kind,” Anderson tells PEOPLE. “Instead you need to flip yourself over and be in a plank position to really engage your core. Try alternating knee tucks in a plank position. You’ll see more results that way, then trying to achieve from the back up.”

But the biggest fitness tips she gives her celebrity clients (including her close pal Gwyneth Paltrow) is finding a routine. “There is not a 10-day, bikini-ready program [that really works],” she explains. “It’s your lifestyle. You are how you move and perform. If you don’t show up constantly the body can’t understand how to promote change. You can trick it and you can starve it with juice cleanses. You can do all kind of things. But all of my work creates balance, it’s sustainable and healthy for you.”

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Anderson says her curated line of hair accessories for Scunci helps foster that “healthy lifestyle” mentality.

“I have this photo on Facebook that my son took, and I’m wearing all these bright Scunci accessories on my arms and in my hair, and literally everyone from Gwyneth to family was asking about the accessories,” she says. “It’s a fun collaboration for me, because I don’t really like to put myself out there and endorse things unless I believe my audience can improve their lifestyle with it. I love the energy the pieces bring forward, and they’re all super durable.”

Do you accessorize at the gym? Are you a fan of bold hair ties? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico