Essential Exercises for Women: Abs with a 'Twist'

Posted by Angie Quehl on Feb 29, 2012 11:10:00 AM


It's on the cover of every fitness magazine these days...

Ab exercises are a dime a dozen with everyone trying to find the exact formula to trim down their mid-section and get that flat sexy stomach. Many people find that no matter how many regular crunches and sit-ups they do, they are just not seeing the results that they desire. To get the best results from your ab workout it helps to add a little "twist" to your routine! That's why we have selected Twisting Jack-Knife for our March edition of Essential Exercises for Women. This is a great multi-joint movement that is more beneficial and intense than standard single-joint movements. This added intensity is due to the increased number of muscles that are engaged while performing the exercise.

So get to twisting, your upper, lower, and side abdominals will thank you!


Twisting Jack Knifetwisting jackknife ab exercise for women

1. Lie on the floor with your arms and a medicine ball overhead and your feet elevated off

 the floor at maybe 6 inches off the floor.

2. Crunch your abs to lift your shoulder blades off the floor while at the same time bring your knees closer to your chest by scooping your lower back into the floor. 


3. At the top of the contraction, twist your torso to the right side pushing the medicine ball beyond your knees, return to the start position, and repeat to the left side.


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