I frequently get asked what my favorite ab exercises are. Which ones I do in a workout depend on how I feel and what other exercises I’m doing. But I have to admit that these three come up most often. Enjoy!

Kneel on an exercise mat to protect your knees. Hold the wheel with both hands directly below your shoulders, keeping your arms straight. Starting with your thighs at 90 degrees to the floor, draw in your navel and slightly flex your spine. In a controlled manner, roll the wheel forward as far as you can go without extending (arching) your low back. As you roll forward, let your hip and thighs come forward to as if you are falling to the floor. Then roll the wheel back into the starting position.

Hold a handle medicine ball with both hands at shoulder height and feet shoulder width apart. Keeping your knees bent and facing forward, turn your upper body and shoulders in one direction. Then twist to the other side. Be sure to keep your pelvis stationary and keep your eyes on the ball. You can hold handle medicine ball close to body or extend arms away.

Lie on your back on the floor with your knees pulled into your chest and your arms at your sides. Press your low back to the floor and draw your navel to your spine. Slowly extend one leg out in front of you keeping your heel close to the floor. Go only so far while maintaining a pelvic tilt. If your back arches, you have extended your leg too far. Bring your knee back into your chest squeezing your abs and repeat with other side.