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Major Ab Exercises With Body Twists & Turns

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Major Ab Exercises With Body Twists & Turns

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Building strong rotators in your midsection include all the muscles of your core such as abs, transverse abdominis, rectus abdominis, back, glutes, and hips. So here are the exercises for all of those wanted areas you need for your core.


Attach a D-handle or pulldown rope to an adjustable cable machine and set it at shoulder height. Stand sideways to the machine and hold the handle or rope with both hands, arms straight. With your hips square, twist your upper body all the way toward the machine to begin. Keeping your arms straight, hips square and knees slightly bent, move your upper body as one unit and twist away from the weight stack, pulling the handle around in front of your body in a large arc. Pause a moment at the opposite side, then slowly return to the start. Do all reps one side before switching.


Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slight bent, and hold a medicine ball at chest height with straight arms. Keeping your arms straight, draw large and small Xs and Os in front of you at chest height. To make this move more difficult change the speed of the ball as well the pattern. Do spirals inward and outward or sign your name in the air.


Sit upright on a stability ball and clasp your hands together. Hold them in front of you at chest height, arms straight. Moving your torso and arms as one unit, turn as far to the right side as you can while keeping your hips square. Return to the start and continue, alternating sides. To make more challenging sit back at a 45 degree angle while rotating side to side, or hold a medicine ball or dumbbell to add resistance as you work.

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