Exercise Ball Crunch
The exercise ball crunch is a lot like the traditional crunch using a
By using the ball you are engaging your abdominal
muscles more than on an exercise mat.
In fact, this stomach workout came in third on it's effectiveness for
the rectus abdominus in one study.
This study was conducted by the Biomechanics Lab at
San Diego State
This one will really works the upper and lower abdominal
area. Working with a stability ball can take some getting used to.
worry if it feels awkward at first. You will get the hang of it the more you give it a try.
If you want to learn more about why this was rated in the top 3, read
this article on the Best
and the Worst Ab Exercises.
Exercise #5 - Exercise Ball Crunch
This is the video in the abdominal crunches series. The last two videos are
the ones that came in 2nd and 1st place in the study mentioned above.
to do the Exercise Ball Crunch
do this one, you will need to use a large
exercise ball which can be purchased for about $20 to $50
I love my exercise ball and it is good for many
different workouts for all parts of the body.
on the exercise ball with your feet flat to the floor.
- Letting the ball roll back slowly, lie back
until your torso and thighs are even with the floor.
- Place your hands beside or behind your head
- Raise your torso to about 45 degrees, pushing
your naval to your back and contracting your muscles.
- Repeat this move and remember to breathe,
exhaling as you rise up and inhaling as you come down.
Alter this abs exercises by
brining your feet closer
together. This will work more of the oblique
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Add some resistance to your workout with some dumbbell weights. These
are fairly inexpensive and come in different weights and styles.
You need to be fueled and energized before your workout. To do this,
you need to provide your body with the right nutrition. Check out this article to understand when and what to eat before
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