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5 Great Abdominal Exercises
From The Top 10 Most Effective Ab Exercises by Paige Waehner on About.com
The Bicycle exercise is the best move to target the rectus abdominis (i.e., the 'six pack') and the obliques (the waist), according to a study done by the American Council on Exercise. To do this exercise correctly.
1. Lie face up on the floor and lace your
fingers behind your head.
2) Captain's Chair
The Captain's Chair is the second most effective move for the rectus abdominis as well as the obliques and can be found in most health clubs and gyms. To do it right:
1. Stand on chair and grip handholds to
stabilize your upper body.
3) Exercise Ball Crunch
The exercise ball is an excellent tool to strengthen the abs and comes out number three for working the rectus abdominis. To do it right:
1. Lie face-up with the ball resting under
your mid/lower back.
4) Vertical Leg Crunch
The vertical leg crunch is another effective move for the rectus abdominis and the obliques. To do it right:
1. Lie face up on the floor and extend the
legs straight up with knees crossed.
5) Reverse Crunch
It may seem like the reverse crunch is for the lower abs but, remember, the rectus abdominis is one long muscle, so you can't separate upper from lower. To do this move right:
1. Lie on the floor and place hands on the
floor or behind the head.