Exercises for Weak Abdominal Muscles

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Exercises such as modified sit-ups coupled with leg lifts and scissor kicks can strengthen weak abdominal muscles. See how to build your abs in this free video on Pilates technique.

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Hi, I'm Amy Newman, fitness expert, creator of The Perfect 10 Workout, and I'm going to show you some abdominal exercises for weak abs. We're going to get them nice and strong. We're going to start off doing them slow and controlled where we can find our abdominals. Roll back, cross your arms over your chest, inhale, exhale come up as high as you can without your toes lifting, hold it for a second and then roll back inhaling. You can go all the way back, but then immediately roll back, keeping your neck in line with your spine. Rolling back slowly, keep the motion continuous. Try not to stop completely, except maybe on the up, exhaling and then inhaling as you roll back. You can add variety by stretching one leg out and then bringing a knee in and stretching it out, inhale, exhale bring it in together. Inhale, open up at the same time and you can make it even harder by rolling up into the knee and then stretching out, inhaling, exhaling, inhaling, exhaling, inhaling, bring your arms around, hands behind your head, lift a leg and your chest at the same time exhaling, then inhale lower down, inhaling, exhale lift, inhale open, exhale lift, inhale open. You can hold your leg stretched out and pulse your chest up exhaling and of course, you've got to switch legs. Don't forget to switch legs and do the other leg. Another great exercise is the scissor kick, one leg then the other using just your lower abs and even you can put your finger on your lower abs and feel them working, exhale squeezing, squeezing and low and behold the more you do it, the stronger your abs will get. I'm Amy Newman. Thank you for joining me as we work on some exercises that can strengthen those weak abdominals.

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