Tired of boring, old crunches? Try v-sits! Although tough, this exercise will test your balance while strengthening your core. Depending on your angle, you can make each rep easier or harder too. Keeping your abs engaged is key and will have you losing those Spanx in no time! Learn how to do the move below:
- Start in a seated position with your knees bent and feet off the floor. Your chest should be open and lifted. This is similar to a modified Boat pose in yoga.
- With your arms by your sides, slowly unfold from your seated v by simultaneously lowering your torso and legs toward the floor. Stop when your legs are around a 45-degree angle, or when you feel your lower back arch away from the floor. Be sure to keep your head and shoulders off the floor and your lower back pressed into the mat.
- With your core tight and tucked, use your abs to return to the starting position.
- Repeat for one minute. Keep your abs engaged as you perform this move, instead of relying on gravity; if it gets too hard, then keep your knees bent as you lower down.
This is not an easy abdominal move, since it requires total body strength and control. Be sure to do this exercise only after you have warmed up. The key is to avoid pooching out your stomach by working your deep abs by pulling your navel to your spine. If you notice your posture weakening, keep your knees bent.