September 16, 2012
If you’re looking to get flat abs but yet don’t want to spend all your time doing crunch after crunch after crunch, considering some exercise alternatives is definitely the thing that you’ll want to do.
Far too many people come to believe that they must spend hours on the abdominal mats if they want to get that sleek, firm midsection that they desire. Fortunately this isn’t the case at all.
As long as you take into account some other activities that will challenge the abs and then make sure that you’re also eating a good diet that will have you rapidly burning up body fat, you can quickly get the look you’re after while remaining crunch-free.
Let’s take a look at three great methods that you can challenge the abs without having to perform a single crunch.
The very first method that you can use to help work the abs to a larger extent is to incorporate in some lunges with a twist into your workout program.
With this technique you’re going to begin by performing a straight lunge but rather than holding a set of dumbbells, you’ll hold a medicine ball in front of the body.
From there, you’ll lower yourself down to the ground, pausing at the bottom to twist the upper body to one side. Hold it there and then twist back as you rise up to complete the rep.
You should be twisting in the opposite direction that you’re lunging while doing this movement.
Complete your reps, switching sides as you go.
The second non-crunch way to work the abs is to add some running knee raises into your weight lifting program as cardio intervals.
With these, you’re simply going to run in place, bringing the knees up to the chest as you go. The really great thing about this is that not only is it going to help to work your abs due to the fact they’ll contract to bring the knee in the upwards direction, but in addition to that, it’s also going to help to enhance your total calorie burn for the workout as well.
Perform these in between your sets for added cardio training and you can do away with your traditional cardio workouts altogether.
Finally, the last quick non-crunch way to work the abs is to perform a shoulder press on an exercise ball. Due to the fact that you’ll be sitting on that unstable surface and be hoisting a weight above the head, this is going to cause the muscles to contract harder than ever to keep you balanced.
Make sure when doing this that you do think of keeping the abs tight at all times in order to prevent the development of lower back pain.
So next time you’re tired of your ab routine, consider these alternatives. All will fully challenge the abs and get you seeing the results you desire.