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When there’s not much time to squeeze in an ab workout, it’s important to know which moves will yield the best results. Melissa Kramer, certified personal trainer at Woodside Health and Tennis Club (2000 W. 47th Place, Westwood), has four moves to repeat until you hear the beep on your stopwatch and your 15 minutes are up. For best results, Kramer recommends allowing 48 hours for your muscles to rest and repair before you start crunching again.
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Possible modifications: Instead of bringing your left knee to your right elbow, bring your left knee to your left elbow to challenge a different muscle. Elbows should bend slightly.
Possible modifications: Beginners can use the floor instead of a foam roller. For a challenge, use both arms to reach toward your foot.
Possible modifications: Eliminate the leg raise for an easier move and focus just on mastering the side plank position with the hip raise. For added burn, don’t bend your feet back to rest behind you—extend your legs to form a straight line between feet and shoulders, and raise your leg from there.
Quadruped Leg Raise
Possible modifications: Beginners can lift the arms and legs separately. Complete five reps with each arm and each leg. For a challenge, start in a plank position instead of kneeling.
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