Exercise Ball Crunch

Abdominal Crunches

The exercise ball crunch is a lot like the traditional crunch using a stability ball.

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 University.

This one will really works the upper and lower abdominal area. Working with a stability ball can take some getting used to.

So don't 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.

How to do the Exercise Ball Crunch

exercise ball crunch ab exerciseTo do this one, you will need to use a large exercise ball which can be purchased for about $20 to $50 dollars.

I love my exercise ball and it is good for many different workouts for all parts of the body.

  1. Sit on the exercise ball with your feet flat to the floor.
  2. Letting the ball roll back slowly, lie back until your torso and thighs are even with the floor.
  3. Place your hands beside or behind your head loosely.
  4. Raise your torso to about 45 degrees, pushing your naval to your back and contracting your muscles.
  5. 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 muscles.

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