Kettlebell Exercises for the Abs

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A kettlebell is useful for exercising the abs, specifically with an exercise known as the side bender. Learn how to use a kettlebell to perform this exercise and more with help from a professional trainer in this free video on exercise and fitness.

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Hi, I'm CarolAnn of Studio Fit of Tampa, and I'm going to talk about how to perform kettlebell exercises for the abs. The first exercise we will perform is called a side bender. So, take the kettlebell in one hand. Place it to your side, place the opposite hand behind your head. Soften your knees and just come down to the sides. So, it's a lateral flexion really great for working those obliques. The breathing is inhale down, exhale up. And you can even work full range of motion here leaning all the way to the side and pulling all the way up. And once you perform 15 reps on one side, simply just switch hands and perform 15 reps on the other side. Really continue to pull those abdominal muscles in and utilize your obliques to lift that dead weight. And then rest. Place your feet a little wider then hip width apart and your hand, both hands are grasping the kettlebell. So, what you want to do is you want to pivot down making sure the back heel is lifted and then pivot upward. So, you are coming down and using your core to lift the kettlebell. And you want to work here in controlled motion. Exhale as you come up. Perform 10 to 15 reps on one side and then switch go to the other side. Down. Do 10 to 15 reps on one side and then switch go to the other side. The next exercise is utilizing a squat with a forward thrust. Using your abdominal muscles to control the movement. So, just a little bend and lift. Really exhale as you are lifting the kettlebell up. Then you can alternate hands, up alternating. And this takes a little bit of coordination here, timing and a lot of abs. And you can perform about 20 reps. Those are some great kettlebell exercises for the abs. I'm CarolAnn with Studio Fit of Tampa.

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