The best weight loss exercise is interval training. Combined with diet, that will get you very close to six-pack abs. But when you need to do additional abs exercises, the surprising fact is that you do not need to do situps or crunches for a flat stomach.
I recently did an abs exercises workout at the local YMCA … and I saw every (useless) type of abdominal exercise imaginable. People were doing all sorts of stuff that will not:
a) Get the 6-pack abs
b) protect their low back from soreness
They were doing crunches, side crunches, something where they were passing the big ball between their hands and their knees. All a big waste of time. Even situps (of course, these were done with the worst form in the world – that person must have a sore neck today!).
Conventional thinking says we have to do a whole bunch of sit-ups and crunches to get six pack abs. But do not most people hate doing sit-ups and crunches?
That’s why I do not have these exercises in the home abdominal abs exercises workout plans. Neither of the exercises is necessary to get six pack abs.
Crunches are a huge waste of your time. Such a small movement does little in terms of burning belly fat or sculpting your abs. Every smart trainer knows that if you can do a resistance exercise 50 times in a row, like you can with crunches, that there is little benefit to body composition.
Situps are a more difficult exercise, but like crunches, sit-ups are hard on the low back. Spinal flexion – when you round your low back – compresses the discs between your vertebrae and is actually the same mechanism that causes disc herniations. So both are unnecessary and risky moves. Too risky for my tastes.
Here are some replacements for sit-ups and crunches. Three pairs of exercises for every fitness level.
-> Side Plank
-> Stability Ball Rollout
-> Hanging Knee Raise
-> Pull-up with Knee-up
-> Hanging Leg Raise
Never do sit-ups again. Use these abs exercises as replacements to help you build six pack abs safely.