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Circuit 2: Bikini-Ready Abs

1. Toe Taps

  • Lie back on ground with arms at sides.
  • Bend both knees 90 degrees over abdominals, feet lifted.
  • Slowly lower one bent leg at a time to quietly tap your toes to the ground, then lift leg back to start.
  • Alternate legs in slow motion for 1 minute. (If you feel lower-back pain, don't lower toes all the way down.)

Advanced Option: Do side-to-side bicycle crunches with hands supporting the head for an additional minute.

Cardio Burst (intermediate/advanced only): Mountain Climbers. Get into full push-up position, hips low and abs tight. Bring right leg toward chest, tapping foot on ground; switch legs quickly and repeat for 1 minute.

Tip: If you're struggling with the advanced options, choose the beginner moves. You'll see better results and lower your risk of injury.

2. Abdominal Hold

  • Sit tall at edge of step with knees bent and toes touching ground in front of you, hands on step outside your hips with fingers pointing forward.
  • Tighten abs and bring toes 2 to 4 inches off the ground.
  • Lift butt off step. Hold for as long as you can (aim for 5 to 10 seconds); lower and repeat.

Beginners: Keep one foot on the ground to start.

Cardio Burst (everyone): Mountain Climbers; 2 minutes.

3. Half Boat

  • Sit tall on ground with knees bent 90 degrees, arms extended at chest level with palms down.
  • Lean back slightly, engaging your abs, then lift both knees to chest level while continuing to reach forward with arms.
  • Hold here, breathing deeply, for 10 to 20 seconds; contract abs.
  • Lower feet to ground for 1 or 2 counts and repeat. Do 4 or 5 more reps over the course of 1 minute.

Cardio Burst (intermediate/advanced only): Mountain Climbers; 1 minute.

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