By Health.com
September 06, 2001

Fight belly pooch with these three basic Pilates moves. Research has shown that they're more effective at working your tummy muscles than crunches!.

Trainer tip: To improve your balance, work more muscles, and get faster results, do the workout barefoot.


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Lie on your back on a mat with knees bent, feet on the floor, and hands behind your head (don't clasp your fingers). Tighten your ab muscles as you lift your head, shoulders, and upper back off the floor and twist your torso to the left, simultaneously move your right elbow and left knee toward each other while straightening your right leg (the lower your straight leg goes, the more challenging the move will be). Draw your right knee back up and immediately twist right to move your left elbow and right knee toward each other while straightening your left leg; that's one rep. Do 15 reps.

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