03 8 / 2012

MOVE: The Classic Ballet Beautiful Bridge From Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful (and Natalie Portman’s trainer for “Black Swan.”):
HOW TO DO IT (watch the moving image for a visual!)
Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you, knees slightly bent, arms in first position (coming together in a crescent over your knees) and your stomach pulled in tight.
Extend back 30 degrees, twist your upper body and pull your stomach in tight, scooping your belly button in toward your center.
Keep pulling your abs in as you change sides, rotating from left to right. “I find that moving a bit more slowly and taking a beat on each side to truly pull in and connect to my abs makes this exercise more challenging and rewarding,” says Bowers.
Repeat, doing four sets of ten.
WHAT IT DOES: Works the obliques, the sides and the center part of your abdominals. “I love the way this exercise lets me quickly connect to my center,” says Bowers.

MOVE: The Classic Ballet Beautiful Bridge From Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful (and Natalie Portman’s trainer for “Black Swan.”):

HOW TO DO IT (watch the moving image for a visual!)

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs out in front of you, knees slightly bent, arms in first position (coming together in a crescent over your knees) and your stomach pulled in tight.
  2. Extend back 30 degrees, twist your upper body and pull your stomach in tight, scooping your belly button in toward your center.
  3. Keep pulling your abs in as you change sides, rotating from left to right. “I find that moving a bit more slowly and taking a beat on each side to truly pull in and connect to my abs makes this exercise more challenging and rewarding,” says Bowers.
  4. Repeat, doing four sets of ten.

WHAT IT DOES: Works the obliques, the sides and the center part of your abdominals. “I love the way this exercise lets me quickly connect to my center,” says Bowers.

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