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

06/13/2014 at 04:30 PM ET

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 collaborationCourtesy 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

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Zeze on

Is People just a venue for celebrities to hawk their goods now?

G on

Planks are no more effective and are a lot more strenuous on your back.

Pam on

Scunci seriously? That’s going to change our lives? Pssh not! Hairties and hair accessories do not give you energy.

manomer on

Yes, planks are effective….they do promote a stronger core. Which in turns does help posture which in turns helps your back. As for the scrunic….well I am assuming what she means is by feeling good about your work out gear it motivates you to feel good about your workout…that of course does not work for everyone…lol. I am not a fan of the scrunci….well maybe in the 80’s….

Raven on

Planks are great and no, they aren’t bad for your back. I’m in physical therapy following months of pain from bulging discs and I’m cleared to do planks. If you do them right, your back does not move. People tend to bring their bums up too high or let them sink. Both negate the ab workout.

k on

I do planks and yoga abdominal exercises and I have alot more muscle tone then she does!! At least Jillian Michaels looks the part.

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