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Get on the Ball: No Crunch Abs

Bikini season means ab work and this exercise is a perfect way to tone your mid section, and it doesn't involve crunches. It is also a great stabilization exercise, so you will be working your core as well. All you need is an exercise ball and some dumbbells. I'd start with three to five pound weights.

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  • Lie with your back on an exercise ball and your pelvis just off the end, and your neck and head off the other. Keep your legs parallel and feel the backs of your thighs (hamstrings) working to help keep you stable. Keep your chin slightly tucked to avoid crunching the back of your neck. Lift your arms toward the ceiling so your elbows are almost straight, arms are parallel, and your hands are directly over your shoulders. Inhale to prepare.
  • Exhale and stabilize your center and reach your right arm back until your arm is almost parallel to the floor. Nothing in your torso should move, just your arm floating back toward your ears.
  • Inhale and bring the right arm back to starting position. Exhale and reach your left arm back.
  • Reach each arm 10 times to complete a set. Do two to three sets.

Fit's Tip: I like to alternate this exercise with chest presses and the ball. The two moves work well with one another.

What is your favorite ab exercise? I know everyone has at least one ab exercise they love, or at least tolerate. Tell me yours in the comment section below.

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theparks theparks 9 years
this is a great work out tip for abs! thanks for posting ;-)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Ab exercises on the ball are great and I do like doing Pilates roll ups.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
I don't know the name of it, but it is a partner assisted exercise. The active person lays on their back while the partner person stands over the active person's shoulders, the active person holds the partner's ankles. The active person raises their legs as close to the partner as is comfortable, and the partner pushes the legs back towards the floor. The active person tries to keep them from touching the floor, and then swings them back up towards the partner again. Like I said, I don't know what this is called, but most military people would know it...
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