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The twisting motion of this abs exercise is a great way to functionally strengthen your core, since we’re constantly twisting and turning our upper body during daily activities. Performing this move on one leg is also a great way to develop balance and coordination. It's a great 'warm up' for this circuit.
How to do it: Start standing with your knees slightly bent, arms bent into your body, and your hands in fists by your chin (this is called "on guard" position). Shift your weight onto your right leg, leaving just the toes of your left foot on the floor. Brace your abs and lift your left knee up towards your right shoulder while you turn your right shoulder into your knee. Lower left toes back to the floor, keeping your balance on the right leg. Repeat 20 times with the left leg and 20 times with the right.
Bonus tip: Focus on your breath to deepen the contraction of your abs: exhale as lift your knee and imagine you're pressing the air out of your lungs with your abs. Inhale as you lower your leg back down.
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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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