Instructions: The Abdominal Curl One Arm Reach is a strength training exercise that targets the abdominals, chest and front thigh. The move is performed on a diagonal pattern. Lie on your back with arms and legs behind you on your mat. Support your head by placing the right hand behind your head with elbow bent. Raise right leg to a 90 degree angle as shown in the video.
Bring your chin to your chest. Round your back as you begin an abdominal curl. Reach up to your foot with your left hand. Return to start position. Repeat the exercise on the other side by raising the left leg and right arm. Perform 3 sets of 8-10 repetitions, or fewer if you can’t do as many.
Benefits: Abdominal and chest strength. Hamstring stretch.
Modification: 1) Loop an elastic fitness band around your foot, and hold it in your hand to help you lift into the abdominal curl. 2) Bend your knee to your chest and reach for the opposite knee, instead of your foot.
Alternative: If this exercise is too difficult, try the Basic Abdominal Curl instead. LINK
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