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Activate Your Core with this 5-Exercise Ab Blitz

Published on August 13, 2022
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Get super strong abs with this Pilates 5-exercise series. No equipment needed!
  • EXERCISE 1: Single Leg Pull on the Mat: exhale each time you pull one knee toward your chest (the extended leg hovers off the mat).
  • EXERCISE 2: Double Leg Pull: a simple exercise, yet quite effective for tightening the abs while stretching the lower back. Extend both arms and legs out, then hug them together as you exhale.
  • EXERCISE 3: Single Straight Leg Stretch: the challenge is keeping the top leg as straight as possible.
  • EXERCISE 4: Double Straight Leg Stretch: With straight legs, pull them toward your nose, initiating the movement from the contraction of your lower abdominal muscles. Keep your lower back bolted to the mat at all times.
  • EXERCISE 5: Oblique Criss Cross: good, old-fashioned bicycles for the abdominals! Try not to fold your elbow forward over your face. Keep the elbows back always and rotate from the spine.
For more motivation, diet tips, strength training and exercise ideas, follow me on Pinterest! –– @danenow


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