Let's face it, crunches are overrated. When it comes to working your abs, there are plenty of exercises that work your abdominals and back together. When the front and back of your torso work together, it's a win-win situation for the core. This variation of the quadruped (named such since you're on all fours — get it?) also targets the obliques. Do 15 reps on each side to make a set. Aim to do at least two sets, but three is even better. You can even add a light dumbbell to increase the difficulty.
Lying on the ground doing crunches might help you tone your upper six-pack, but you also need to strengthen your abs standing, because that's how you use them in your daily activities. Here is a great ab and core exercise, and all you need is a medicine ball and to know how to write your A, B, Cs. There are two variations.
To start: Grab a medicine ball that's between five and 15 pounds. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, making sure your knees are not locked.
- For stability: Start with the ball at chest level, and slowly write the cursive alphabet in front of you. While your arms move around in all sorts of angles, you need to use your abs to keep your torso still. Think of keeping the area between your ribs and pelvis solid. For a more advanced version, try this move while standing on a BOSU.
Bikini season means ab work and this exercise is a perfect way to tone your mid section, and it doesn't involve crunches. It is also a great stabilization exercise, so you will be working your core as well. All you need is an exercise ball and some dumbbells. I'd start with three to five pound weights.
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