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Abdominal Workout

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2008

Fitness guru Lisa suggests the following exercises to help you tone muscle and burn fat.

Nose-to-Knee Crunch
1. Lie on your back and bend your legs to a 90-degree angle. You can also place your legs on a chair to anchor your back for the same effect.

2. Gently clasp your hands behind your head and squeeze your elbows together.

3. Raise your head up toward your knees, making sure not to pull your head with your hands. Make your stomach do the work; don't forget to squeeze your buttocks together. If your neck gets sore or tired, keep the movements smaller until you are stronger and more flexible.

Partner Squats
1. Stand, facing your partner, feet shoulder-width apart and holding onto each other's arms.

2. Squat down as if you were going to sit in a chair, going as low as you can. Only go down as far as you feel comfortable.

3. Push yourself back up using your heels to activate the glutes/buttocks and also to protect the knees. Aim to do two or three sets of 25 to 30. This move is great for the core, as well as toning the butt and legs. It'll also get your heart pounding.

Shoulder Stands
1. Place the shoulder stand against a door or wall.

2. Start in a kneeling position and grasp the handles.

3. Lower your head between the cushion until your shoulders rest on the pads.

4. Straighten your legs and walk forward, raising your hips.

5. Lift one leg up as you push off the floor with the other leg.

6. Roll your body up and over the body lift until your buttocks touches the door or wall. Kick harder for assistance. If you can't do this at first, keep trying! Find a partner to spot you if you need help getting your leg up.

7. Slowly straighten your legs.

Resources
Visit Lisa's website, lisalynnfitness.com. Mention "The Martha Stewart Show" in the "Notes" section when you're checking out, and you'll receive a 50 percent discount on all protein shakes while supplies last.

The body lift used in the segment and given to our audience is from Age in Reverse (ageeasy.com).

Comments (4)

  • Keifer 16 Jun, 2008

    I have an inversion machine that my family got for my birthday last year to help with my sore back and neck, it helps but I still have tension in my shoulders. I thought this would be great, but I like :( Tina's price better. I could but one for $25, so would a lot of other people I think. Until then I guess I can only imagine how nice it would feel.

  • mom77545 16 Jan, 2008

    On the head stand equipment the link takes you right to the website but its 100.00 wow I thought they would be a lot lower than that. wish I was at her show so I could have got one lol
    I was really hoping to get one but I'll have to wait on it to come down to about 25.00 before I can get one :(
    Tina

  • maedonna 12 Jan, 2008

    I was hoping to get more information on the head stand equipment that was used. Would love to get one. Donna Mae

  • skor14me 7 Jan, 2008

    Why no video of this workout segment?