V-Ups

Who: Experienced ab workout enthusiasts
When: Post Run/workout of choice
Where: yoga mat, carpeted area or soft patch of grass
Why: to increase rectus abdominis muscle strength.

Preparation: Lie on your back with arms stretched out overhead and your legs stretched out in front of you keeping your toes dorsi-flexed (not pointed!)

Execution: Lift your arms and torso off the surface simultaneously with the goal of touching your shins or toes.  Keep your legs straight and be sure to begin each new repetition with your back flat on the surface.  Repeat 10-20x

Easier Variation (Alternating V-Ups): follow execution above but raise only one leg at a time and touch shin or toes with both hands.

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