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"This Pilates sculptor activates the transverse abdominis—the deep abdominal muscle that pulls your belly in like a corset—15 percent more than a crunch,” Olson says. Add the bent-knee variation to your routine stat, working up to the extended-leg version.
How to do it: Lie faceup with your knees bent over your hips, shins parallel to the ground. Extend your arms at your sides, palms facedown [A]. Inhale, then exhale as you lift your head, shoulders, and arms; look at your belly or thighs. Inhale
as you pulse your arms up and down 5 times, then exhale and pulse for another 5 counts. Repeat, working up to 10 full breaths for a total of 100 pulses. As you get stronger, extend your legs at a 45-degree angle [B]. You’ve perfected this move when you can do 100 pulses with your legs extended.
Get stronger and sexier than you ever thought possible by conquering one or more of these 8 fitness feats
Get stronger and sexier than you ever thought possible by conquering one or more of these 8 fitness feats.