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Ab curls

 

The how:

  • Begin by laying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Choose a comfortable hand position (hands on thighs, crossed over the chest or fingertips by temples are all good options).
  • Engage your core muscles by drawing your pelvic floor up and scooping your navel in. Tuck your chin and keep your gaze slightly forwards and upwards to keep your neck aligned.
  • Inhale to prepare and exhale as you use your abdominals to lift the shoulder blades away from the floor. Inhale again as you lower the shoulder blades back down, ready to repeat the curl on the next exhale.

Top tip: If you feel some neck strain doing this exercise you can lightly support the head in the hands – just make sure that you don’t pull on your head.

The why:

  • Ab curls are a good exercise to work the core and abdominal muscles.

Make it easier:

Avoid doing ab curls if you have a neck injury. Instead you can try a reverse curl: keeping the head and shoulders down on the floor and curling the hips away from the floor rather than the shoulders.

Make it harder:

To make this exercise more difficult, try holding each repetition for longer at the top of the curl, or increasing the number of repetitions preformed.

 

 

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