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Effectively Target Your Abs

Abdominal exercises are important in strengthening the core of your body. An effective abdominal workout includes exercises that hit all parts of the abdominals. There are exercises that can be used to hit all areas of the abdomen.

The bicycle targets the entire abdominal area. You begin by laying face up on the mat. Place the hands behind your head, lightly supporting the head. Bring your knees toward the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the mat. Begin by rotating to the left touching the right elbow to the left knee while straightening the right leg. Repeat for the right side. Continue alternating sides in a pedaling motion for 3 sets of 15 repetitions.

The lying leg raise will target the lower abdominal area, and targets the whole abdominal area indirectly. Begin by lying face up on a mat. Ensure the shoulders and back are flat to the mat. Position the arms at your side, palms down. Raise the feet slightly off the floor. Keeping your legs straight, knees and feet together, flex at the hips and raise the legs toward the ceiling. Once you have reached a ninety degree angle return to the start position in a controlled descent. Continue exercising for 3 sets of 15 repetitions.

The combination of these exercises will give you an effective full abdominal workout.

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