Even those who have taken a break from fitness or have never really engaged in a fitness program can have awesome abs.
Its all about repetition. We do it all day long. When done correctly, we will:
Stand tall (as if we want to grow an inch)
Open our chest and lungs
Slightly squeeze our bottoms as our leg travels behind us
When the right arm swings forward the left leg is pressed back and engaged; the opposite occurs on the other side
Most important: BREATHE
McGill Modified Curl Up
Lie on floor face up with your left leg bent up in a 90-degree angle
Place hands under the curve of your back
Slowly raise your head and shoulders off the floor without bending your lower back and hold this position for 7 to 8 seconds breathing deeply the entire time
Perform 4 to 5 times
Repeat on Right side
More advanced: don’t allow elbows on the floor as you curl up. Even more advanced: contract your abs before you curl up
The Bird Dog
At Fitness on the Run, we realize the core loves “cross-body movements”. But there’s another part of your body that may like them even more – your brain!
Get on to your hands and knees into a “crawl position with hands under shoulders and knees under hips
Pressing hands into floor, raise your right arm over head while simultaneously extending your left leg back behind you pressing as if you’re pressing your foot through something hard
Repeat 10 times
Initiate with the left arm and right leg
More advanced: lift feet off floor AND alternate from right to left
Most advanced: raise knees off floor at the beginning and perform without allowing them to drop to floor
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