The Lower Ab Exercise I Swear By

because results, results, results!


Sculpting abs is hard enough as it is, but sculpting your lower abs is by far the most challenging.  I was first introduced to this exercise, leg up taps, years ago in pilates and when the Bar Method started including it in their workout I was pumped.   It targets your transverse abdominals and is extremely efficient.

Here's how it's done:

  • Lay down on the floor, and gently draw your legs to a pike position. 

  • Lift your head, neck and shoulders up and point your elbows outward. 

  • Draw your body as far forward as you can so you have a bend at your waist. 

  • Release your legs, draw your hands outward slightly and air-tap the floor quickly, while breathing at the same tempo.  

"This exercise keeps your heart rate up, has a deep focus on breathing and moves quickly," comments Bar Method Hoboken Co-Owner and Instructor, Melissa Opsahl.  "The quicker and deeper you breathe, the more intense the exercise is and the harder your abs will work."  The lower abdominals are paper thin muscles, connected to your diaphragm, so breathing is the priority.  

Want to take it up a notch?

Keeping your core engaged and lower back flat on the ground, try lowering your legs towards a 45 degree angle to get deeper in your low abdominal wall.