Better Than Crunches – And Good For Your Back
There are better alternatives than performing crunches to get your six pack abs. And these
exercises are better than crunches AND good for your back. For many people crunches can
sometimes make your lower back ache. And if you tend to pull on your neck to get those last
few crunches – well, that hurts. What I am about to share with you is better than crunches and
good for your back.
There are more effective abs exercises to do when you are working to get your six pack abs.
You actually need to work out your whole body when toning and tightening your abs. So, with
that in mind, try these in place of your usual six pack abs routine and feel the difference.
1. - STABILITY BALL ROLLOUTS are very good for you. First just using the ball makes your abs,
sides and back work harder and you should feel a nice, powerful contraction without you
pulling on your neck or straining your back.
Start with your knees on a mat or rolled up towel for cushion. Place your ball a foot or so in
front of you with your hands centered on the ball. As you roll the ball forward (hands stay put),
keep your body straight as it lowers with the ball going forward (your arms and elbow will touch
the ball). Return to starting position.
2. - PLANK WITH ARMS ON THE BALL adds a more difficult level of difficulty than plank on the
floor. The ball makes you whole mid-section work harder with having to balance on the ball.
It’s about 30% more effective than doing crunches and still more effective than a regular plank
3. - JACKKNIVES ON THE BALL will really work you out. Slow and steady is good for this one.
You look like you are in a pushup position, but with your feet on the ball. Again, balancing
makes this one work you harder. Instead of rolling out like number 1 above, you will be pulling
your feet in (on the ball) getting your knees as close to your chest as you can and then back to
starting position. Work your way to ten if you can. Rest as needed. This also helps give you the
benefit of building your back strength as well. Remember not to arch your back.
4. - HANGING KNEE UPS are great for your lower abs. If you have a bar to hang on or something
similar, raise your knees up and return to starting. For more challenge, lift your legs (with
knees slightly bent).
There are lots more you can do for great six pack abs exercises. Make sure you get a stability
ball for the house. You can use every morning and evening for a quick upper or lower body
workout. You can also use it to help you safely stretch.
You need to remember not to focus just on your abs. Add in some superset resistance training
and cardio interval training and you’ll have a more balanced six pack abs workout routine with
great abs results in less time.
P.S. Please check with your doctor before starting any new diet or exercise routine.
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