The basic abdominal floor crunch has become an outdated form of gym exercise for abs – people nowadays look for specific exercises that work the core. And it makes sense because nearly all of our daily tasks, even sitting at our desk require core strength.
As per Tom Holland, exercise physiologist and author of Beat The Gym: Personal Trainer Secrets Without the Personal Trainer Price Tag, the average American spends 56 hours per week sitting, that weakens the core – and its outcome is that doing daily activities become tougher. However, by making our abs strong, we can avoid back pain, boost our agility, and raise our level of flexibility, as well as look good.
Check Out THREE awesome exercises to work your Abs:
SPIDERMAN PLANK CRUNCH
Kick off 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 go back to the plank position. Repeat by bringing your left knee toward your left elbow. That finishes one rep. Do minimum 10 reps by switching sides.
With this plank exercise you get to work the front and back of your abdominal area at the same time without any equipment. It’s a simple exercise that you can do in your office, your home, or anywhere else.
Stand holding a cable with both hands out in front of you at just below 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 finishes one rep. Switch sides to complete a set of 10 reps
This exercise is designed to work the obliques. Professional sports-persons like golfers, tennis players, or baseball players can tailor this exercise to match the movement that they do in their respective sport — to get more benefit from it.
Lie on your back and place your hands behind your head, while keeping legs raised and bent at 90 degrees. Switch sides by moving your right elbow towards your left knee then your left elbow towards your right knee, building up to 60 seconds. See that you hold the crunch for a two-count on each side to force a slower, concentrated movement.
This movement helps in targeting all three core areas simultaneously. It merges a regular crunch, the side-to-side motion that targets the obliques, and the reverse crunch that hits the lower abs.