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Amazing Abs (Sep 2010)

Exercise 1
Exercise 1
Exercise 1
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Exercise 2
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
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Exercise 3
Exercise 4
Exercise 4
Exercise 4
Exercise 4
Exercise 4

Exercise 1

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Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head.

Tip: Align your hips, knees and feet in parallel.

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Curve your upper body off the floor.
 
Tip: Don’t use your hands to lift your head.

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Maintaining the curve, lift your right knee toward your chest, then return it to the floor. Repeat with the left leg.

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Slowly lower head to the floor. Repeat eight times.

Tip: Exhale as you curve up and inhale as you release.

Exercise 2

Step 1/3

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Extend both arms toward the ceiling, palms facing in.

Exercise 2

Step 2/3

While bringing your right arm overhead, straighten your left leg by sliding your pointed foot forward. When your leg is straight, flex your foot.

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Slowly switch arms and legs while maintaining a stable torso. Repeat eight times.

Exercise 3

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Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Extend your arms at a 90-degree angle to your chest, bend them at the elbows and grasp your forearms.

Tip: Keep your arms in positiion throughout the movement.

Exercise 3

Step 2/7

Curve your upper body off the floor.

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Twist your upper body to the right while twisting your knees to the left.

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Return to center.

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Twist your upper body to the left while twisting your knees to the right.
 
Tip: Keep your waist on the floor while you twist.

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Return to center.

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Roll down to the floor. Repeat the series eight times.

Exercise 4

Step 1/5

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Extend your arms toward the ceiling.

Exercise 4

Step 2/5

Curve your upper body off the floor, keeping your arms extended.

Exercise 4

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Keeping legs bent, raise them off the ground so your thighs are perpendicular to the floor.

Exercise 4

Step 4/5

Lower your left arm and left leg while pulling your right arm and right leg toward your head.
 
Tip: Concentrate on keeping your hips on the floor.

Exercise 4

Step 5/5

Switch arms and legs and continue slowly moving them back and forth for several breaths.

About Colleen Bohen

I’m proud of my “comp kid” past! Dance meant everything to me when I was a kid, and I spent my happiest hours studying ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop for 15 years at my local Long Island studio, L.A. Dance Studio, and competing with its company. I majored in journalism at Hofstra University, and save for an early stint with the student-run organization Danceworks, my dance career wound down just as my journalism career ramped up. Most of my attention was soon diverted to my work with the school’s newspaper, student magazine and an internship in NYC. After college, I spent a few years as a business journalist covering the toy and consumer electronics industries and now I’m ecstatic that I’ve found a way back to my first love—dance!
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