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Reverse Curls: An Unusual Abs Exercise

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Ultimate Abs binder imageHow are your abs muscles different from other muscle groups? Did you know that your abs can do something your hamstring, biceps, pecs, quads – heck, any of the other muscles we hope you are tempted to train –can’t?

An example of this mystery property in action is the reverse ab curl, aka a great and safe core exercise.

Before getting to our video and the answer to this intriguing Abs question, take a look at our recently released program: “Ultimate Abs Workout Collection for Women Over 50” (over 23 videos, 10 modules, popular abs questions addressed). Check out the link if you want a stronger core and better abs.  Moving on now to reverse curls.

Sing Along: We Got the Abs Right Here, The Method’s Oh So Dear, And Here’s Some Ladies Gonna Make it Very Clear. Can Do, Can Do, We Both Know That You Can Do (this exercise).

picture of reverse abs curl

Hips Lift Toward the Ceiling

We’ll give you a hint. Then you can try the reverse curl exercise in our video that targets your lower fibers and strengthens your entire midsection. No neck flexion required. No crunches or planks involved. This is a fun and safe ab exercise.

Read This Hint

Kymberly: When you train your biceps, your hand moves towards your shoulder. But you don’t bring your shoulder to your hand, right?
When you target the hamstrings, for example, you contract the heel towards the buttocks. But you don’t bring your hiney to your heel.

Alexandra: Just wondering – what am I training if I ask a handsome guy to move his hand toward my shoulder?

Kymberly: Now picture a crunch and a reverse curl. In the former you lift your upper body in the direction of your lower body. With the reverse curl you … wait for it, wait for it .. you bring your lower body, or hips, towards your upper body.

Work in Both Directions

In other words, you can work the abs from the top down or the bottom up. Given the spine’s joint structure, you can train the abs in both directions. Double bonus, just like having twins answer your active aging questions!

In our 35 years each of teaching fitness on several continents, we know most people prefer to target the lower fibers when doing abs exercises. That means choosing exercises that contract, compress, or lift your hips towards your upper body – whether sitting or lying down. If that is your goal as well, then give this move a go. You’ll get so toned you’ll want to get out your white boots and fringe vest and go-go.

pic of reverse of abs curl done wrong

Don’t Swing Your Legs in a Reverse Abs Curl

Watch This Video to Work From the Bottom, Up and Become Tops!

Just to make sure you really understand how to do this move, we’ve shown both correct and incorrect form.

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