Best Ab Exercises

The best ab exercises are pilates exercises. Here are 3 of the very best...... You can do sit-ups forever, but the only muscle you’re working on is the rectus (the six-pack). In fact, if you go too hard, you may damage some core muscles. If a nice six-pack is what you want, that's perfectly okay. However if you want to involve the rectus muscle and all of your core abdominal muscles as well, you need to do are these 3 following.


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Pilates Core Exercise Best Ab Exercise #1: The best quintessential pilates ab exercises....

Firstlly, on the floor, with head and shoulders up off the mat(although you may like to begin with head down on the floor).
Pump you arms up (roughly to height indicated)and down to the floor.
Inhale for 2 pumps, and exhale for 2.
Do 10 or 20 at first, and work up to 100. (So, the name of the exercise).

Core Strength Exercise # 2: Single Leg Stretch.
Firstlly, on the floor, with head and shoulders up off the mat(although you may like to begin with head down on the floor.
Place both hands on left knee, with right leg extended out, knee straight and stretching out of the hip.
Change to opposite, with hands on right knee and left leg extended.
Inhale one the first set, and exhale on the next - that is inhale for 2 movements, and exhale for 2.

Abdominal Exercise # 3: Criss Cross.


Firstlly, on the floor, with head and shoulders up off the mat(although you may like to begin with head down on the floor
Both hands behind head.
Lift left elbow and arm pit to right knee.
Lift right elbow and armpit to left knee.
Inhale one the first set, and exhale on the next - that is inhale for 2 movements, and exhale for 2.


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