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How to Do Toes to Bar

I'm No Gymnast, but This Exercise Has My Abs Sculpted Like Simone Biles's

Toes to Bar
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Having a strong and stable core is nonnegotiable to any fitness goal and workout plan, in my opinion. A strong core will help prevent lower-back pain, stabilize your spine (hello, good posture), and improve your athletic performance whether you're team couch to 5K or a professional athlete.

Although I think the number-one focus when it comes to your core should be strength (and not looks), doing ab exercises for vanity is 100 percent OK. One of my go-to ab exercises that I do for vanity, and is guaranteed to leave me exhausted after a few reps, is toes to bar.

It's hard, but it feels so damn good once you've completed it. If you want your abs to pop, try this move (and also focus on your nutrition for long-term results).

How to Do Toes to Bar

  • Start by hanging on a pull-up bar with palms facing out, or use the ab straps and hang with your arms inside of them. Use a box or bench if you need help reaching the bar.
  • Pull your shoulder blades down your back to keep your shoulders away from your ears.
  • With control, simultaneously lift both of your legs up and touch the pull-up bar. If you can't touch the bar, go as far as your mobility allows with control. Avoid swinging to isolate your abdominal muscles.
  • With control, slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position. This counts as one rep.
  • Complete four sets of six reps.

If this move is too advanced, continue reading for four modifications.

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