day 2: Bicycle Crunch

All I can say- ouch. This one is a tough one- but is the most effective ab exercise according to the American Council of Exercise. So it’s a staple on our 12 Days of ab Happy.

Teaching today, our last 10 minutes of abs these ladies were not too happy when I yelled the word bicycles- however the sore feeling afterwards is always worth it!

Try three sets…very easy, and don’t forget to breathe!

Here’s how:

  1. Lie face up on your mat and place your hands behind your head, lightly supporting it with your fingers.
  2. Bring the knees in to the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the floor without pulling on the neck.
  3. Rotate to the left, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee as you straighten the other leg.
  4. Switch sides, bringing the left elbow towards the right knee.
  5. Continue alternating sides in a ‘pedaling’ motion for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.

Thanks to Exercise About for help with instructions!

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