5 Abs Exercises That Are More Effective Than Crunches
There’s no question crunches can do a great deal to flatten your core, but they are not the most effective workout when it comes to a flat belly. The thing is crunches only target a small portion of your abdominal muscles, which means that if you limit your workout on crunches only, the rest of your core remains idle.
A number of fitness instructors recommend planks or exercises using a medicinal ball rather than crunches simply because these target your entire core.
Side Plank Crunches
Start in a forearm plank position and make sure your elbows are aligned below the shoulders and arms parallel to the body at a shoulder-width distance. Clasp your hands together and engage your inner thighs for an extra workout. Raise your hips so your body forms a line from head to heels. Lower your hips to either side, starting with the left side then on the right side as well.
Do 3 sets of 10 reps per each side.
Medicine Ball Twists
Sit down on the floor lift your legs off the ground ( if you are having a hard time keeping your feet off the floor you may place your heels on the floor). Interlock your hands and twist from one side to the other. Make sure you look at your hands when they are going from one side to the other.
Do 2-3 sets of 20-30 reps per side.
Medicine Ball Jackknives
Medicine ball jackknives are some of the most effective exercises for working your core in very short time. Lie down, your legs straight. Hold a medicine ball above your head. Raise your legs up keeping them as straight as possible while bringing the medicine ball toward them. Lower down slowly then repeat. If you find them difficult at first, bend your knees toward your chest instead of keeping your legs straight.
3 sets of 10-15 repetitions per side will make your abs burn.
Mountain Climber Crosses
A Mountain climber exercise is great for your lower abdominal muscles because your core has to work hard to keep you stable. It also targets your hamstrings and quads, as well as your gluteus. You will be working each of these muscles as you bring your knee to the opposite elbow. Performing cross-body mountain climbers will certainly make you feel accomplished when you’ve completed a few!
Do 3 sets of 50 reps.
Split Leg V-Ups
This is just another effective ab exercise that’s strongly recommended by fitness experts. Split leg V-ups does wonders on your abs and is far better than crunches. Start by lying on your back with your arms straight above your head. Pull your belly button toward the floor then raise your right leg bringing your foot as close to your arms as you can. Go back to starting position. Repeat on the other side.
Do 3 sets of 10 reps per side.