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Our Top 10 Abs Exercises

Our Top 10 Abs Exercises

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 Abdominal Hold
This is the sort of move that looks so wonky, you surehope your roommate doesn't catch you doing it --unless she also gets to see you look stellar in abathing suit, in which case she just may pull up achair.
Do it:
Sit tall on the edge of a sturdy chair (or step with four risers) and place your hands on the edge with your fingers pointing toward your knees.Tighten your abs and bring your toes 2 to 4 inches off the floor. Lift your butt off the chair.Hold this position for as long as you can -- aim for 5to 10 seconds.Lower yourself down and repeat.Continue this exercise for 1 minute.VIDEO: See the abdominal hold 
Our Top 10 Abs Exercises
Our Top 10 Abs Exerciseshttp://www.tnessmagazine.com/tness/templates/slideshow/...1 of 77/26/12 10:20 AM
 
The Side Crunch
 A deceptively difficult move, the sidecrunchtests your balancewhile it teases your oblique muscles. (It worked myhipsin a way I've not felt in a while, too.)
Do it:
Kneel on the floor and lean all the way over to your right side, placing your right palm on the floor.Keeping your weight balanced, slowly extend your left leg and point your toes.Place your left hand behind your head, pointing your elbow toward the ceiling.Next, slowly lift your leg to hip height as you extendyour arm above your leg, with your palm facingforward.Look out over your hand while bringing the left side of your rib cage toward your hip.Lower to your starting position and repeat 6 to 8times.Do two sets of 6 to 8 reps, and then switch sides.VIDEO: See the side crunch
Our Top 10 Abs Exerciseshttp://www.tnessmagazine.com/tness/templates/slideshow/...2 of 77/26/12 10:20 AM
 
The Hundred
 A machine- (and accessory-) freePilatesmove that afterwards always makes me think 1) "Uh,we sure sounded like we're doing Lamaze," and 2)"Wow."
Do it:
Sit tall on the mat with your knees bent by your chestand your hands at your sides.Lie down with your knees bent and your palms facingdown.Exhale and raise your head and shoulders off themat.Vigorously pump your arms 6 inches up and down,reaching with your fingertips.Inhale for 5 pumps, then exhale for 5 pumps. Be sureto curl your chin in toward your chest.Do 100 pumps, or 10 full breaths.Try to keep your lower back pressed in toward thefloor and keep your lower abs pulled in toward your spine. You should keep your abs engaged this waythroughout the workout.VIDEO: See the hundred
Our Top 10 Abs Exerciseshttp://www.tnessmagazine.com/tness/templates/slideshow/...3 of 77/26/12 10:20 AM

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