This article originally appeared in Shape.com.
The term "lower abs" is actually a misnomer—your rectus abdominis muscle, or abdominal wall, actually covers your entire midsection and connects at your pelvis. Still, women (and men!) are constantly searching for exercises that will help eliminate a loose or puffy lower-ab area. PSA: No amount of lower-abs workouts will magically make your abs pop or offer the ultimate solution for how to get rid of belly flab. (Read: You Can't Spot Reduce Fat—and Other Myths to Stop Believing)
However, these effective exercises target multiple abdominal muscles, so you'll strengthen your entire midsection—including your lower abs—with every rep.