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The Waist-Slimming, Lower Ab Workout
Get an amazing ab rehab stat. This lower ab workout from better-belly specialist Elisabeth Halfpapp, a founder of Exhale Mind Body Spa in New York City, combines seven exercises that will work your midsection, including the transversus abdominis, 360 degrees -- "which is the key for slimming your waist." Both our testers experienced roomier waistbands (our apple-shaped tester lost an inch; our new mom lost two) after a month by doing three-times-a-week sessions. Now it's your turn to be firm, flat, fab!
Targets: Lower back, rectus and transversus abdominis, obliques, and butt
- Lie faceup on floor with back resting on folded towel, knees bent and feet flat on floor, arms by sides.
- Cross right ankle onto left thigh just above knee so bent right knee points out to side; flex left foot so only heel rests on floor.
- Rounding lower back and squeezing abs, lift hips off floor so pelvis tilts up toward ribs. Curl pelvis as far as you can without arching back; pull abs in to lift rather than press through left heel. Lower to floor.
- Do 10 reps, holding the lift for 10 seconds on the final one. Switch sides and repeat. Do 3 sets.
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