- 8 years ago
- Wedding: December 2010
Just crunches? There must be more….
Just crunches? There must be more….
You can do the bicycle. Lay on the ground and put both your legs up in the air and pedal like riding a bike. And also if you lay flat on the ground, keep your legs straight and lift them on in the air… that’s a good one.
Sorry these descriptions suck. Here’s some pictures!
Squats and lunges if you tighten your abs while doing them
Whenever you do any exercise make sure you are holding your abs tight.
I’m sure there are a million more exercises, but these are what I can think of off the top of my head. The 30 Day Shred focuses a lot on different ab workouts that aren’t just crunches 🙂
i like to do alot of my ab workouts with a medicine ball.. like situps while holding the medicine ball or sit on my bum and take my feet off the ground and twist my abs side to side while holding the ball.. there are lots of different ab exercises 🙂 reverse crunch is good too.. and planks are super good for your core strength
When I went to the doctor last week, they had a medical magazine in the waiting room. In it, they said that doing push ups while holding in your stomach will help to tone and flatten, even modified push ups. I have only been doing them for a week, and I think I see a difference, but I am not sure yet.
i like to do the “jackknife” on the wiifit, for my upper abs,
replace your “tv” or “work” chair with a medicine ball – it will help strenghten your core. but otherwise, things that make you stabilize – like the half ball and doing light weights, or the old fashioned crunches, bicycles, situps, tabletops also help.
Actually there are so many exercises that are way better than crunches. Yoga and pilates are both amazing because they force you to use your abs constantly. Plank is really good in yoga either fully plank or doing in on your fore arms. Here is a dvd thats yoga just based on abs http://www.amazon.com/Beth-Shaw-Yoga-Yogafit-Workout/dp/B000BH95XK I used to take beth shaws yoga classes all the time! I never did her videos, but im sure they are amazing.
yoga ab moves work really well!
Planks! There are also a variety of ways to modify the plank.
like @babyboo said & @noritake implied, any exercise in which you consciously hold your abs tight (think pinning your navel to your backbone) or “engage your core” will help firm your tummy area. So just be VERY conscious of “engaging your core” & you’ll sliim up. The exercises that everyone mentioned above (my favorites are the jackknife or prone jackknife with a swiss-ball & the plank) help you isolate your core so you know what to concentrate on in other exercises.
I think what will help you WAY more is cutting down on carbs (grains, not fruit & veg) & sugar. I know that my midsection is where I store these calories. If you limit carbs to about 40% of your calorie in-take, you should see results within two weeks. (this requires nutrient – protein, fiber, carb, fat- rather than calorie counting; if you’re already calorie counting, you can just add it on)
Ew planks. So effective, so evil.Side planks, bicycles, leg lifts. Check out any Pilates exercises. Those are insane for your stomach and back.
Also cut out the sodium in your diet. Get down to <1000 mg a day (it’s in EVERYTHING i kid you not). It’ll really pull the water out of your midsection. I do this for 5 days before every vacation/bikini-baring event and drop 5 pounds of water weight asap. I lost 7 before the wedding. Temporary? Sure. Do i care? Hell no, I look good! =]
I would definately agree with pilates, but I loooove my 8 minute abs dvd. It’s really old and cheesy but I’ve been doing it for the past 7 years and my abs look awesome 🙂
The 30 Day Shred has so many I can’t even go through them here… it really effectively tones up those areas that usually stay flabby with normal crunches, etc.
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