Abdominals


Aesthetically, the abs are seen as one of the most desirable muscles to possess. To the majority of people, abs consist of only the “6 pack,” however, this is only one part of the abdominals. More...

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Crunches

Difficulty: Beginner

  1. Lay flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground, about a foot from your lower back.
  2. Place your fingertips on your temples with your palms facing out.
  3. Draw your belly into the base of your spine to engage the muscles, then raise your head and shoulders off the floor. Return to starting position and repeat.

Laying Leg Raises

Difficulty: Beginner

  1. Lay on your back with your arms palms down on either side.
  2. Keep your legs together and as straight as possible.
  3. Slowly raise your legs to a 90° angle, pause at this position, or as high as you can reach your legs, and then slowly lower your legs back down.
  4. Duration of these movements should be slow so that you do not utilize momentum, enabling you to get the most out of the exercise.

Leg Raises

Difficulty: Intermediate

  1. Lay on your back with your arms palms down on either side.
  2. Keep your legs together and as straight as possible.
  3. Slowly raise your legs to a 90° angle, pause at this position, or as high as you can reach your legs, and then slowly lower your legs back down.

Hanging Knee Raises

Difficulty: Beginner

  1. Grab the bar and hang, your body still and your legs straight.
  2. Slowly draw your knees up to your chest
  3. Once you have raised your knees as high as possible, lower your legs and repeat. Duration of these movements should be slow so that you do not utilize momentum, enabling you to get the most out of the exercise.
  4. Duration of these movements should be slow so that you do not utilize momentum, enabling you to get the most out of the exercise.