5 Must Know AB Exercises

Exercise #1: The Crunch

The basic crunch should be a staple in your arsenal of abdominal exercises. This classic movement concentrates on your upper abs.

Starting Position: Lie on your back on the matt with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Support your head by placing your hands behind it, and keep your eyes turned up towards the ceiling throughout the entire movement.

Movement: Exhale as you raise your upper body up a few inches off of the matt by contracting your abs. Be sure to keep your back straight and avoid pulling yourself up with your hands. Hold yourself in this contracted position for a moment before slowly lowering yourself back down to the starting position.

Exercise #2: The Oblique Crunch

The oblique crunch does just what its name proclaims- works on your obliques. Make sure to do an even amount of crunches on each side for a symmetrical look.

Starting Position: Lie on an exercise matt with your knees bent and hands behind your head. Lift your left leg so that your knee is at a 90 degree angle, and the lower part of your leg is parallel with the floor.

Movement: Exhale as you bring your right elbow in towards your left knee, while squeezing your abs. Inhale as you slowly extend your leg back out to the starting position.

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