Best 8 Ab Exercises You Aren’t Doing, But Should

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2.  Dirty Dog

This is a simple exercise that will work your entire torso. This helps to strengthen you lower back, which will improve your ability to do more complex abdominal exercises without hurting your back.

Get down on the floor on your hands and knees, like a dog. Your palms should be flat on the floor, your wrists below your shoulders. Keep your knees below your hips.  Squeeze your abdominal muscles as you left and lengthen your left arm and right leg. Don’t round your back or arch like a cat, simply extend them. Keep your arm and leg parallel to the floor. Hold for a moment or two, and then switch sides. Pay attention to your back and keep it straight. This is harder than it sounds. Start with 10 reps on each side for a total of 20 movements. You will feel the burn fairly quickly unless you are in excellent shape. If you want to make it harder, hold the position for a count of 10.

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