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Waist and abdominals

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By JILL WENDHOLT SILVA
The Kansas City Star

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Waist and abdominals can benefit from exercises like these from Cynthia Phillips, a certified personal trainer in Atlanta.

Abs cross

Stand with legs slightly bent and a little wider than your shoulders. Lift your arms straight over your head. Bend at your waist, reach toward your right and touch your foot, or come as close as you can. Keep your torso as straight as possible when moving. Come back up to the starting position and repeat to the left side. Do one to three sets of 10 to 15.

Oblique bend

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Put your left hand behind your head and keep your right arm relaxed at your side. Slowly bend at your waist to the right. Lower as far as feels comfortable. Return to the starting position by contracting the oblique muscles on the opposite side. Do one to three sets of 10 to 15.

Torso twist

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent and arms outstretched to either side. Twist from side to side, performing the exercise with an even pace and controlled movement. Rotate around as far as feels comfortable, but make sure to keep your hips pointing forward. Do one to three sets of 10 to 15.


Training tips

•Move slowly and deliberately. Control is important.

•If trimming your waistline, don’t use heavy weights.

•Keep your stomach muscles tight during the moves.


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