The pilates double leg stretch is a great way to tone those lower abdominals
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Linda Farrell: Research has shown that the Pilates double leg stretch is more affected in targeting those deep abdominal muscles than crunches. Let's start lying on the backs. Well, bring the knees into the chest, the hands on the mid chins, we'll drive a navel length, lengthen and curl the spine, and we'ill start the arms and legs reach out and the arms and legs draw in. And again, keep the navel pull to the spine and the arms and legs draw in. Now, for beginners the arms and legs can come straight up and bring the arms around. And again, straight up, keep the navel length and bring the arms around. But the most advanced practitioners bring those arms and legs away up and sweep powerfully exhaling that breath; and one more time straight out, navel to spine and sweep bring the arms around, and roll through the spine to release. That exercise can be done six to eight times and for other great belly flattening exercises, please visit prevention.com/fitness.