This is an Abs pattern from (pattern 9970)

This exercise works the obliques. It "mimics" the crunch exercise traditionally done to work the Rectus Abdominus.

Level 1

Stand with feet hip width apart, toes pointing forward. This exercise does not work if the toes are turned out in a semi-ballet position!

Put fingers of left hand behind left ear. Drop right arm down beside body and push right palm towards floor.

Slowly push left elbow down so that the angle between the left shoulder and ribs decreases. At the same time, lift left heel and push hip towards ribs decreasing angle between hip and rips.

Hold for eight counts. Slowly lower left heel and drop left arm down beside body and bring right hand behind right ear as you bring your body back to the start position.

Repeat on the other side.

Level 2

To increase resistance, hold a 3 pound or 5 pound weight in the hand that is hanging down beside the body. You will have to adjust the change to the opposite side by coming to an upright position, changing the weight to the other hand and then start the exercise.

This exercise is not mine! I found it in the book called "Stronger Abs and Backs" ... well worth purchasing if you can find it.


Added by Ann Barry at 4:05 PM on Friday, August 24, 2001 EDT. Add to favorites (view favorites)
From: Victoria, British Columbia (Canada)
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