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This is an Abs pattern from (pattern 11134)

Here is something new that I've recently added to abs at the end of class when we don't have much time left so we have to make it count. It is kind of an adaptation of Pilates into traditional fitness crunches. Goes like this: Begin in regular crunch form, fingers lightly touching back of head to support neck. Contract up 4 counts nice and slow and controlled. Navel in, seat belt tight. At the top reach arms forward while KEEPING SHOULDERS BACK and DOWN. Single lifts from this HIGH CONTRACTED POINT coming up JUST UNTIL LOWER BACK LIFTS off mat. Tailbone remains on mat. Lift 4 singles each time returning to that HIGH CONTRACTED POINT that you began at--no lower. Feet stay on floor. Participants should not come all the way up to a sitting postion. After these high singles, come down 4 counts, fingers back behind head. Do it again if you can! Participants who are not ready for this can just cheat and do regular crunches down and up instead of the high lifts. Let me know if you have questions.

Added by Barbara at 7:50 PM on Wednesday, February 27, 2002 EST. Add to favorites (view favorites)
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