5 Exercises for Strong, Gorgeous Abs -- No Crunches Necessary

This isn't just a vanity thing. Your abs are the main support system for your spine and the place where almost all movement in your body is initiated. With these easy core exercises, you have no more excuses for weak abs (8 Photos)

Melissa Hendricks on Nov 26, 2012 at 5:45PM

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5 Exercises for Strong, Gorgeous Abs -- No Crunches Necessary

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Side Planks

This exercise focuses on strengthening the oblique abdominal muscles. Lie on one side, lifting your hips off the ground so that you are supported on one forearm (or hand) and the side of one foot. (If you need to modify this exercise, keep your bottom knee on the ground -- shin in-line with the torso). Focus on keeping your hips high off the ground. Keep your hips stacked so you’re not leaning forward. Hold for 15 to 60 seconds. To increase intensity, lift up your top leg and hold.

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