5 Abdominal Exercises that will exhaust your midsection and MELT FAT
So you’ve been at the gym, doing an endless marathon of crunches like it is race against time, and the results have been—well, disappointing. Sound familiar? That’s because when it comes to ab exercises, crunches are pretty basic, and boring. Even if you are a beginner, your workouts should never be boring.
The solution? It’s time to push your abs to show themselves—and fight the flab—with new ab exercises that are anything but routine. And it’s not just a six-pack you’ll get: Strong abs, and you’ll help prevent back pain, boost your agility, and increase your flexibility.
But no matter how tough these exercises get, always remember this number one rule: quality over quantity. If you’re still cranking out hundreds of fast-paced crunches a day, you’re Not being effective. Instead of going through the motions, slow down and focus on squeezing and contracting your abs each and every rep. While you may not be able to perform the same number of reps, the results you see will be more significant in less time.
1. SPIDERMAN PLANK CRUNCH
Start in a traditional plank position with your forearms on the ground and your body perfectly straight. Bring your right knee forward towards your right elbow, then return to the plank position. Repeat by bringing your left knee toward your left elbow. That’s one rep. Alternate sides for a total of 10 complete reps.
2. CABLE ROTATION
Stand holding a cable with both hands out in front of you at just under shoulder height. Keeping your arms fixed and straight and your abs engaged, rotate your upper body to the left, then back to center, and then to the right, and then back to center. That’s one rep Alternate sides for one set of 10 complete reps.
3. BICYCLE CRUNCH
Lie on your back with your hands behind your head, and your legs raised and bent at 90 degrees. Alternate sides by bringing your right elbow towards your left knee then your left elbow towards your right knee, building up to 60 seconds. Try and hold the crunch for a two-count on each side to force a slower, concentrated movement.
4. CROSS CRUNCH
Lie on your back with arms and legs diagonally out so that your body forms an “X.” Keeping arms and legs straight, bring your right hand towards your left foot, then your left hand towards your right foot, lifting your head, neck, and shoulders off the ground. That’s one rep. Aim for one complete set of 10 reps.
5. SWISS-BALL ROLLOUT
Kneel on a mat with your hands on a Swiss stability ball. Keeping your back straight and your abs engaged, roll the ball as far away from you can, then slowly roll back to starting position. Aim for two sets of 10 rollouts.
Athlete: John Gabucci
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