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  • Good Form: A curve to abs work
    Good Form: A curve to abs work

    Here's an exercise that will help you get strong abdominals and a flexible spine. For best results, perform this move three or four times a week.

  • Good Form: The benefits of backbends
    Good Form: The benefits of backbends

    Bending backward is not just about the spine — you must use your arms and legs to support it. As you practice this pose, remember to point your tailbone down toward your heels to keep your lower back safe. A common mistake is to squeeze your buttocks forward, which pinches your lower...

  • Good Form: Pull up a chair and crunch
    Good Form: Pull up a chair and crunch

    Develop strong, sculpted abdominal muscles with this simple exercise. Perform this variation with your legs elevated on a sturdy chair to help you really "feel" your muscles contracting in a challenging yet safe way.

  • Good Form: Curls for the well-armed
    Good Form: Curls for the well-armed

    Use light weights in this exercise for a convenient, fast and effective way to work the fronts and backs of your arms at the same time. Remember to pull your abdominal muscles in to support your spine in this forward bend.

  • Good Form: A double move with balance too
    Good Form: A double move with balance too

    Train the backs of your upper arms and the fronts of your upper thighs at the same time by combining this overhead triceps extension with a quadriceps extension. You will also feel your core muscles working since you'll need to maintain your balance throughout the move.

  • Good Form: Yoga pose is a far stretch
    Good Form: Yoga pose is a far stretch

    Stretch your chest, shoulders, back and leg muscles with this yoga-based forward bend. It's important to place your feet correctly on the mat so you will feel stable and balanced while in the pose.

  • Good Form: A good stretch for after a long sit
    Good Form: A good stretch for after a long sit

    Here's a great stretch that you can do any time to release tension in your back, chest and shoulders. It is excellent to do after prolonged periods of sitting at a desk, in a car or in an airplane.

  • Good Form: Crunches that aren't a pain in the neck
    Good Form: Crunches that aren't a pain in the neck

    If you experience neck pain when you perform abdominal crunches lying flat on the floor, try doing this move with a small, partially deflated ball behind your back. The ball assists you in holding the correct position so you don't overuse your neck muscles. You can also use a firm pillow...

  • Good form: Finish your workout with a stretch
    Good form: Finish your workout with a stretch

    At the end of your workout routine it's important to stretch the hamstring muscles in the backs of your thighs. With this move, you'll get an extra stretch in your calves and your back as well. Using a pair of yoga blocks will make it easier to balance and more comfortable to practice...

  • Abs and biceps in sync in workout

    Double your benefits by doing this variation of a curl and crunch. Use a slightly deflated ball or a small, firm pillow to support your lower back so you can contract your abdominal muscles and biceps muscles at the same time. Focus on keeping your abs flat throughout the entire exercise.

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