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No Crunches Allowed: 9 Abs Exercises You'll Actually Enjoy

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4/21/2011 5:00 AM   :  14 comments   :  16,830 Views

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From the editors of FITNESS, we share nine abs exercises guaranteed to tone and tighten--with nary a crunch in the bunch! They've included exercises that are guaranteed to get results, whether you're a beginner or an old pro looking to shake up your abs routine.







Beginner: Funky Abs
Our model Sarah, a trainer in New York City, keeps her abs tight by running intervals and biking and swimming regularly.
Targets: Abs, lower back

  • Stand with feet about hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, shoulders down.
     
  • Engage abs and tilt pelvis forward so back is rounded.
     
  • Return to center and then reverse the motion -- tilt pelvis backward so butt is sticking out. Do 15 reps; 2 sets.



Beginner: Ballerina Twist
Targets: Obliques, abs

  • Sit on mat, with legs extended, toes pointed, thighs together and abs engaged.
     
  • Lean back, placing forearms on mat, palms flat, fingers forward.
     
  • Leaving left forearm on mat, lift right arm overhead and twist torso to left. Return to center. Switch arms and twist right. Do 20 alternating reps; 2 sets.



Beginner: Twist and Drop
Targets: Arms, abs, obliques, legs

  • Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
     
  • Hinge from hips and place hands on floor about 1 foot in front of feet.
     
  • Keeping head down, engage abs and lift left foot.
     
  • Sweep left leg in front of right as you turn right foot out to side, bending right knee.
     
  • Lower hips toward floor, keeping left leg straight.
     
  • Return to start.
     
  • Switch sides and repeat. Do 12 alternating reps; 2 sets.

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