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Crunches SUCK! Try These Instead

By Todd M. Cambio | June 5, 2017

Although the basic crunch is still popular, by now it’s pretty well known that this outdated exercise not the most effective way to flatten and strengthen your abs. It simply doesn’t activate your core muscles to the extent that other exercises do, it can hurt your back, and the small motion doesn’t do much by way of calorie burning.

So why are you still doing crunches?

What the basic ab crunch does have going for it is its no-equipment, on-the-go nature. You could plop down onto the ground in a park, a hotel room, at the beach or at the gym to crank out a round of crunches wherever you happen to be.

Not the most effective, but, until now, the most convenient.

It’s time to upgrade your default, basic crunch to a more modern, results-driven exercise. Below I have the most cutting edge no equipment ab exercise to get you one step closer to those washboard abs that you’ve been dreaming about.

Better Than Crunches #1: The Plank


To perform a plank, place your forearms on the ground with your elbows aligned below your shoulders, and your arms parallel to your body shoulder-width apart. Squeeze your core and pay attention to keeping your back flat. Focus on pulling your belly button in as you hold the position.

When performed correctly, a simple plank is one of the most effective ways to tighten your entire core. Proper form is key. You can start with a High Plank or go right to the Low Plank.  Squeeze those Glutes, quads and abs hard! Work towards a 60 second hold.

The plank is the gateway to mastering the push up and the Burpee.

Better Than Crunches #2: Scissor Kick


To perform a scissor kick, lie with your back into the floor and your arms extended to the sides with your palms facing down. With a slight bend in your knees, lift your legs so that your heels are 6 inches off the ground. Lift your left leg up to about a 45-degree angle while your right leg is still lowered until your heel is about 2-3 inches from the ground. Switch movements by raising your right leg while lowering your left leg. Squeeze your midsection and focus on your breathing as you perform 60-90 seconds of the exercise.

Better Than Crunches #3: Sprinters


To perform a sprinter, lie down on your back with arms straight by your sides. Your hands should lightly touch the floor while your opposite knee drives up. At the same time, raise your upper body off the floor​ and dorsi-flexing your toes toward your chin. Exhale and squeeze your abdominal muscles as you mimic this sprinting motion then lower yourself back down to the starting position. Stay linear, it is not a rotational ab move.  Repeat a series of 12-20 repetitions per side.

Better Than Crunches #4: Reverse Crunch



To perform a reverse crunch, lie on the floor with your feet flat on the floor and hands behind your tailbone.  Sit up slightly onto your elbows staying tall in this position.  Anchor your torso so it does not move. Pull in your belly button as you lift your feet off of the floor bringing your knees to a 90-degree angle and drive them into your chest so that your tailbone presses into the ground. Exhale as your drive the knees come to your chest. Inhale as you reset back to the start position keeping your feet just above the floor. Repeat the movement for 12-20 repetitions while squeezing your abs and focusing on your breathing.

Better Than Crunches #5: Russian Twist


To perform a Russian twist, lie on the floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle while raising your upper body off of the ground. Exhale while you twist your torso to the right side until your arms are parallel with the floor. Pull your belly button in and squeeze, then slowly move back to the starting position. Repeat on the left side and continue to repeat both sides for 60-90 seconds.



There you have it, 5 modern, results-driven abdominal exercises that you can perform anywhere! Aim to work your abs at least twice a week for the best results.

It’s worth noting that while strengthening your abdominal muscles is a great way to tighten your waist, none of the amazing muscle tone will show if your body fat is above 20 percent. In order to shed the fat and get that amazing six-pack, join my fat burning fitness program designed to get you into the best shape of your life.

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