Fab Abs Workout

Reclaim your hourglass waistline with these moves.
Lose those love handles and look great in a waist-cinching number with these ab-targeting exercises.

Long-arm ball crunch

Reps: 12
Sets: 2

  1. Lie with your lower back supported on a stability ball, knees bent, with both feet firmly on the floor, and arms extended over your head.

  2. Contract abs and lift your shoulders and upper back forward. Lower back to starting position and repeat.

Slow cycling

Reps: 15
Sets: 2

  1. Lie on your back, keeping your right leg straight and a few inches off the floor, and left knee bent toward your chest. Clasp your hands behind your head, then rotating your torso so that your left elbow is pointing towards your right knee.

  2. Slowly reverse arms and legs -- extending left leg, and bend your right knee toward chest, while pointing your right elbow toward your left knee. Pause, then repeat.

Side bridge

Reps: 5 per side
Sets: 1

  1. Lie on your side, your weight resting on the lower elbow, the bottom knee bent at a right angle.

  2. Lift your body up so the weight is supported on the lower part of the bottom leg and elbow only, and your torso and hips are in a straight line. Hold for 10 counts.

Twisting curl-up

Reps: 12
Sets: 2

  1. Lie on your back with your knees bent, and spine in neutral. Place fingers behind your ears.

  2. Curl up, rotating torso slightly so left elbow is pointing towards your right thigh. Keep your neck aligned with the spine. Pause then return to starting position and curl to the other side.

Standing knee-up crunch

Reps: 12 per side
Sets: 2

  1. Stand with your feet together, both arms extended overhead, keeping your elbows close to your ears. Bend your right knee and lift leg so your right thigh is nearly parallel to the floor.

  2. Keeping your arms beside ears, bend your torso forward toward your knee. Hold for one count, then return to starting position. Complete all reps then switch sides.

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