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How to Do the Open & Close It Dance Move

Learn how to do the open and close it dance move from fitness expert Rachel Warren in this hip-hop dance workout video from Howcast.

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Alright you guys, this next one is very simple. It's called the open and close it. All that we're going to be doing is warming up our chest and our abdominals. It's another one of those ones you can use at the beginning or the end of your workout to warm up or cool down.

Feet nice and wide. Bring your arms in front, and cross your forearms. Now, curving your back like you're trying to reach your spine to the wall behind you, and make a curve in your stomach. I'm going to turn to the side so you can see that. You're curving here. From here you're going to open, and then close.

That's all that it is, open and close. Start closed. Here we go. We have open, close. Open, close. Open, close. Open, close.

I'm going to turn to the side so you can see me from the side. Same thing. Let's start closed, curve, now open. Open, close. Open, close. Open, close. One more. Open, close.

This is a real serious ab exercise if you think about it. It's like doing a crunch, but you're standing. Think of the shoulders opening, then you're pulling your ab muscles in so that your core's shortening, then it lengthens out. You're working your tummy muscles.

You don't need crunches. You don't need to sit on the floor and do that. You can do it standing and add a little hip hop flair to it.

Let's take it up in tempo. Open and close. Start closed. Ready, set, go. We have open close. Close. Alternate what forearm goes on top. Close. Close. Good. Four, three, two, one, hold.

Again, this is called the open close it. It's a great warm up, or cool down if you take it slower, for your abs and your upper body. Enjoy.

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