day 3: long arm crunch

I’ve been trying to get those upper abs before the holiday dresses need to be purchased.  I did this exercise at the gym yesterday and definitely feel it today. 

So…if you have a holiday party where a dress needs to be purchased- put this exercise on your to-do list before you run out the door. 

They always say taking the basic move and adding to it makes the charm!The long arm crunch is a simple one but very good for those upper abdominal muscles. If you know how to crunch- then you’ll be all set!

Here’s how: 

1. Lie on a mat and extend the arms straight out behind the head with hands clasped, keeping the arms next to the ears. 
2. Contract the abs and lift the shoulder blades off the floor. 
3. Keep the arms straight and avoid straining the neck.  
Note: If you feel neck pain, take one hand behind the head while keeping the other arm extended. 
4. Lower and repeat! 

Thanks to Exercise About

3 sets of 12 with 30 second breaks is what I ran through today…challenge yourself! 

3 days down…9 to go! Happy Abs!

PS: Want to see my aspiring dress? We’ll see how these 12 days of abs tests out in the fitting room! You can find this dress at forever 21 here

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