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Tortoise & Hare Ab Workout, Part II

Earlier this week I brought you the first half of this two part Tortoise & Hare Ab workout, and explained how the concentric and eccentric moves in these exercises serve to build muscle faster.

Here is part 2 of a 2 part Tortoise & Hare Ab Workout. If you’re out of shape or have a bad back, be sure to check with your health care provider to determine whether or not these exercises are safe for you to perform.

T&H 2

Tortoise & Hare Slow Leg Drop & Fast Toes to Sky

Step 1

For the first part of the movement, lay flat on your back and bend your legs at the hips so your body creates a 90º angle, as shown in the top photos. Now take 20 seconds to slowly lower your legs back towards the floor, keeping your legs as straight as you can. If you need to support your lower back, tuck your hands under your bum, as shown in the bottom photo.

Step 2

Once your legs are fully down on the ground, bring them back up into a 90º angle, and then pulse your feet towards the ceiling as quickly as you can for a count of 15. This is called Toes to Ceiling or Toes to Sky, and here’s a video demonstration.

Step 3 – Repeat!

Once you’ve completed your 15 Toes to Sky, start the process over, and take 20 seconds to lower your straight legs to the ground. Repeat the process 3 times, and feel the burn!

Author: Sarah

A self educated health enthusiast, I love geeking out on the latest information on healthy eating and exercise. Although this may happen while drinking a glass of wine...

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