Abdominal Exercises Using Chairs

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Certain abdominal exercises can be accomplished using any type of chair you happen to have access to. Find out about abdominal exercises that you can do using chairs with help from one of the leading health and fitness professionals in the state of Utah in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Denise Druce a fitness instructor in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lets look at ways to work abdominals using a chair. We'll start with a seated twist using a dumbbell. So hold the dumbbell close to your body and sit with as tall a spine as you can, engaging your abdominals. And then simply twist from side to side. So in doing this twist you are engaging not only the front but also the sides, and the back of your core. Using all of those muscles to move you in both directions. So we'll start with about 15 or 20 of those seated twists with a dumbbell. Then we'll go to a knee raise. So the easiest way to do this is to sit on the edge of the chair and hold on to the chair. And then just lift one knee at a time. If you'd like a little more challenge then that again engage the abdominals and then lift both feet up at the same time. The third exercise is elbow to knee. So just like crunches you'll bring your hands behind your head. And you'll begin to reach across bringing one elbow toward the opposite knee. In between the repetitions sit up nice and tall and engage all of your core muscles. And the fourth abdominal exercise you can use just sitting in a chair is a good old crunch. So with hands behind the head pulling the navel to the spine. Exhale and round your body down. Lift up and inhale. So those are four great exercises you can do for your abdominals sitting in a chair. I'm Denise Druce, if you'd like more fitness tips please check out my website.

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