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This challenging move works the abs and the thighs all at once.
How to do it: Start seated with your legs bent and lower yourself back onto your elbows. Press your elbows into the floor with your hands in towards your body, palms facing down, to prop your back up off the floor. Next, bring both knees into your chest (without sinking into your back), and point your toes. Brace your abs in tight and extend both legs out in front of you (keeping thighs together) so that legs are almost parallel to, but not touching, the floor. Slowly trace a circle in front of your body, from the right and then down and around to the left (your elbows may come slightly off the floor at the top of your circle). Try to exhale, bracing your abs in tighter, as you bring your legs to the top of your circle and inhale as they lower to the bottom. Make 5 circles to the right and then reverse, tracing 5 circles to the left.
Bonus tip: If it's too challenging to perform the full circle with your legs extended, bend your knees in to make it a little easier. Be sure not to let your lower back sag to the floor.
Try this Pilates and kickboxing-inspired circuit for strong, defined abs
Try this Pilates and kickboxing-inspired circuit for strong, defined abs.
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