My name is Beth Hoover, and today I'm going to show you how to perform lower rectus abdominis exercises. The muscles of the rectus abdominis run vertically from the ribcage down to the pubic bone. The muscles contract as one unit but sometimes it can be a little bit difficult to feel like we are working that lower portion, you know, that portion just below the naval where we tend to have that extra belly fat or that little pooch. Today I'm going to show you a couple of exercises that are going to help to target that specific area. The first exercise we're going to begin in a crunch position which is basically your basic crunch using a stability ball. You're just going to walk forward with your feet with your low back supported with the stability ball. Now, the key to this one is to make sure once you get into this position, that you take two steps back so it's one step back with each foot. That is going to allow your upper body to be hanging more off the ball before we begin the crunch. This will allow for more contraction in the lower portion of the abdominals. For the second exercise we're going to move to the floor and over to your back with your legs placed over the stability ball. With the low back flat to the floor, grab the stability ball with your ankles and heels picking the ball up and performing a reverse crunch. Performing the reverse crunch is a great way to isolate that lower portion of the abdominals. I love it because you feel it right away tighten and tone those muscles.