Beyond Crunches

  November 19, 2013  |    Blog>Exercise

Tired of the same old ab exercise – crunches? Well we’ve got an exercise that also works your glutes and hamstrings! It called the Bridge.  AKA—hello Sexy abs, back and bootay!

The Bridge Exercise

To do this exercise start by lying face-up on the floor or on a workout mat, with your feet flat and your knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Then lift your hip and back off the floor, so your body forms a straight line starting from your shoulders all the way to your knees. As you lift, engage your abs by imagining that you are sucking your belly button in toward your spine. Hold this position for 5-10 seconds and then lower to floor. Then repeat 10-12 times!

Note:  To make sure you’re really doing this with the correct form– and to get the most bang per movement, make sure to squeeze your glutes when you lift up and don’t let your spine sag.

Once you’ve mastered the basic step you can try straightening one leg when your hips are lifted to make it harder!

What’s your favorite exercise that works your core without doing crunches?!

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