Flatten your abs

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08/16/2006 3:01 AM

05/16/2014 5:03 PM

Banish the bulge and flatten your abs with these moves.

Full crunch

Lie on the floor. Place an exercise ball between your feet (your feet should be in the middle, on the sides of the ball). Support your head with your hands, keeping elbows out to the side. At the same time, bend your knees to a 90-degree angle, bringing your feet and the ball up in the air and parallel to the floor, and lift your shoulders off the ground. Hold for two seconds and lower. Make sure the ball hovers over the floor. Try not to let it touch. Do two to three sets of 10 to 15 lifts.


1. Keep your bellybutton pulled in.

2. Make sure to breathe. We often hold our breath, especially while working our abs. The more oxygen our body gets, the harder and longer it will be able to work.

3. Make your abs do the work. Instead of pulling your upper back off the floor by pulling at your neck with your hands, try to pull up with your abdominal muscles.

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