9. Machine Angled Leg Raise
Support your body on your elbows in a Roman Chair or by hanging from a chin-up bar.
Contracting the abdominals and obliques, draw your knees up on an angle so that they move toward your right elbow. Stop when you get a full contraction of the obliques and abdominals. Slowly return to the starting position, stopping when the hips are almost fully extended. Alternate side to side to complete the set.
Key Points: Exhale while lifting your legs. Inhale while returning to the starting position. Keep the upper body stationary throughout the exercise.
10. Incline Bench Leg Raises (care needed for those with back injuries)
Lie on an incline bench and stabilize your body by gripping the bench above your head with your legs extended out.
Contracting the lower abs, raise your legs up until your hips form a 90-degree angle. Slowly return to the starting position, stopping just short of your legs touching the bench.
Key Points: Exhale while lifting your legs. Inhale while returning to the starting position. Point your chin toward the ceiling to avoid using your upper body. To increase the difficulty, cross your arms over your chest.
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