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January 4, 2008

Power Up Your Life Exercises, Part 2

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woman doing alternating fly and crunch lying on a red body ball

ALTERNATING FLY and CRUNCH

Photo Credit: Ben Goldstein/Studio D

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ALTERNATING FLY + CRUNCH
Lie with your head, neck and shoulders on a body ball. Both feet should be planted firmly on the ground with legs at a 90 degree angle, knees positioned over the ankles. Bridge your torso so it’s raises up and parallel to the floor. Raise the dumbbells over your chest with your arms extended towards the ceiling, palms facing each other. Inhale, open your chest and slowly lower the weights in a semi-circular arc out to the sides of your chest. Do not lower your arms farther than parallel to the floor. Exhale and raise the weight, again in an arc, back up to start position and perform a crunch with the weights above your chest. Lower back to the start and repeat.


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