No Crunch Tummy Tightener
The No Crunch Tummy Tightener is a great alternative to the regular crunch for anyone who feels discomfort when performing them. Some people develop back pain, or even stomach and/or side cramps. Other's just want a change of pace to prevent boredom and monotony. Give this tummy exercise a try - it's great for toning and tightening those abs!
Beginners: Inhale as you lift your arm and leg, then exhale as you slowly lower them back down.
Advanced: Inhale as you lift, hold through 2-3 more breaths, lower on an exhale.
How to perform The No Crunch Tummy Tightener:
- Lie face up with your left knee bent, left foot flat on the floor, and right leg extended toward the ceiling. Reach toward the ceiling with your left arm and keep your right arm down by your side.
- Without moving your hips or shoulders, open your raised leg to the right and raised arm to the left. Now, concentrating on your abs, return your raised leg and arm to the center. Do 10 to 12 reps, then switch sides and repeat.
- Try to do this move 2 to 3 times a week. You should have a flatter tummy in 4 weeks.
When doing sit-ups, or any exercises where you are lying on the floor, it is best to have a good, thick foam exercise mat underneath you to protect your back, spine, and butt bones.
Abdominal Reverse Curl
The reverse curl will develop the lower abdominal muscles and will help to reduce a protruding stomach.
How to perform The Abdominal Reverse Curl Exercise:
- Starting Position: Lie on the floor. Bend the knees, place the feet flat on the floor, and place arms at sides.
- Movement: Pull the knees to the chest, raising the hips off the floor; do not let the knees go past the shoulders. Keep your head in a neutral position. Slowly return to starting position.
- Exhale as you pull your knees toward your chest; inhale as you return to starting position. Repeat until fatigued.
Power Tip: Hold a light dumbbell or medicine ball between your ankles or knees.
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