Say Goodbye To Boring Crunches And Hello To Your Fab Abs!
Up and down. Up and down. Up-stop. Crunches, one the most boring and monotone exercises in the world, and what is worse is that they have been proven detrimental to your lower back as the repeated motion places a great deal of stress on it, and what’s worse is that people tend to do them in great numbers,so stop doing the tedious, ineffective and potentially dangerous exercise, because today you will be presented with many refreshing and effective alternatives to the standard “crunch”. Perform any of these exercises listed below about 10-12 times for 3-4 sets for a safe, effective and fun workout!
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Understanding the Exercise
Before we begin, please note that there is a link at the bottom of this article containing an infographic outlining the various muscles that make up the core, so you can refer to it whenever you find yourself wondering exactly what part of the core I am talking about. Let’s begin!
1. Half Banana
To do: Lie on back, bring both hands up, bring one leg up,”crunch”, alternate.
This exercise places a focus on your lower and upper rectus abdominous(middle of abs) and allows you to emphasize the external oblique of whatever side your foot is up on.
2. Oblique V Crunch
To do: Lie on left/right side, hand behind head, bring up torso and legs at the same time, alternate and repeat.
This exercise mainly focuses on your transverse abdominous and external oblique but activates your rectus abdominous by using to stabilize your core.
3. Kick Crunch
To do: Stand up, raise left leg and bring down right arm at the same time, alternate and repeat.
This exercise actively engages the obliques and the middle section of your abs, effectively targeting most of your abdominal muscles, while also providing the benefit of intensity scaling, allowing for an added cardio benefit if you so wish.
4. T-Cross Sit-Up