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15 Minutes to Flatter Abs

  • Jay Sullivan

    Medicine Ball Push/Catch A

    Targets: Shoulders, triceps, abs, glutes, legs

    • Stand with feet a little more than shoulder-width apart, medicine ball on the floor in front of feet.
    • Squat, keeping knees behind toes, and grab ball with both hands.
     
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    Medicine Ball Tap

    Targets: Arms, obliques, abs

    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, abs engaged and back about 2 feet away from a wall, holding ball with arms extended at chest height in front of you.
    • Bend arms slightly and rotate torso to right until ball taps wall behind you.
    • Rotate back through center and to left; tap wall with ball.
    • Do 15 reps, alternating sides.
  • Jay Sullivan

    Medicine Ball Swing

    Targets: Arms, obliques, abs

    • Stand with feet a little more than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, holding ball.
    • Squat, swinging ball between legs behind you, then immediately stand and swing ball up in front of body and directly overhead.
    • Do 20 reps.
     
  • Jay Sullivan

    Triceps Extension/Squat A

    Targets: Triceps, abs, glutes

    • Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding ball overhead.
    • Squat, keeping knees behind toes, while bending elbows behind you, keeping arms by ears.
  • Jay Sullivan

    Lying Leg Raise

    Targets: Abs, lower back, hips

    • Lie faceup on floor with legs together and extended, holding ball with both hands, arms extended overhead with elbows next to ears.
    • Engage abs and lift both legs straight up toward ceiling.
    • Slowly lower legs, keeping them straight and together, until about 12 inches away from floor; lift back up.
    • Do 20 reps.

    Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2008.

     
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