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“Exercise Throwback!” Oxygen Magazine ABS Special Spring 2012, page 24

Remember the abs wheel, a device that gained popularity in the late 1990s ad early 2000s? Unlike other infomercial products that have gone the way of the dinosaur, many gyms still have one or two of these in their equipment arsenal. Try two sets of 10 to 12 reps the next time you work your abs; each rep targets your core stability and strength, making it a well-rounded (and challenging!) intermediate to advanced exercise.

HOW TO DO IT: Kneel on the edge of an exercise mat, holding the wheel on the ground directly below your shoulders (inset picture). Keeping your core tight, slowly extend your arms in front of you, bringing your torso more parallel to the floor (picture). If this is your first time trying this exercise, aim to extend forward a few feet; more advanced exercisers can extend their arms past their head (as shown). Focus on using your abs to carefully pull your body and the wheel back to the start.

Tip: Make sure to breathe throughout each rep: inhale as you roll out and exhale as you return to start.

Tip: Your arms play a huge roll in this exercise, but don’t let them take over the motion from your abs.

 

“4 Weeks To Fab Abs!” Article Quote:

“Pilates for you!”

‘Want to increase your odds of success? Add Pilates into your program! “Pilates teaches one to mentally connect with and then engage the internal stabilizing muscles of the powerhouse (Joseph Pilates’ term for the core) in order to get maximum contraction,” says Laura Tarbell, star of the Ultimate Abs and Core Workout DVD. Tarbell explains: “Using a forced exhale through pursed lips, students enhance the activation of the deepest abdominal muscle, the transverse abdomens.”

Oxygen Magazine ABS Special Spring 2012