No More Crunches: 5 Effective Alternate Abs Workouts
One of your biggest wishes for Summer is… a great body. We all do. We want to be healthy, look good and have fun with our families! Exercise is probably not a fun way to achieve “the body”, but it is a key component of the formula. So… start sweating dear. Don’t waste any more time with old-fashioned ab exercises. Check out these insane crunchless ab workouts that will put you on a one way train to awesomeville.
Lie on your back with your knees bent, feet on the floor and grab a sports or medicine ball with your hands. Raise your body up and get your body at a 45-degree angle. Now bring the ball to one side and repeat on the other side as well. Feel the burn.
Side plank crunches
Ab workouts aren’t complete without some oblique work (the side muscles of your torso, responsible in part for the love handle). Give your obliques the attention they need by getting into a side-plank position with one foot over the other one and squeeze like there’s no tomorrow. Keep your arm sturdy and bend your top arm, bring your top knee upwards and make it come into contact with your elbows. Repeat 10 to 15 times on each side.
Plank walker push-ups
This is one of those ab exercises we dread but it’s an effective way to build core muscle strength. You simply get into plank position against the floor. Stay there for 10 to 15 seconds, do a push up, and then walk backwards for 10 seconds. Do another push up, and come back to a vertical stance. Repeat 10 to 15 times.
Get down and dirty on the floor in runner’s stance. Imagine the mountain is the floor, so hold on to dear life and start running. Run at full speed for 10 seconds, get up, and go back down. Repeat 10 more times.
Lie down with your lovely legs straight and hold a ball above your head. Keep your legs straight. Fight to get them as straight as they come, then bring them up and try to get them to touch the ball. Pace yourself, these will not be easy on the first day but the results will be worth it.