Sunday, October 18, 2009

Best Abdominal Exercises

In the article "New Study Puts The Crundh On Ineffective Ab Exercises" by Mark Anders, the traditional crunch is not even in the top ten most effective and best Ab exercises.

According to a study conducted by Peter Francis, Ph.D., of the Biomechanics Lab at San Diego State University, the top five Ab exercises are

  1. The Bicycle Maneuver, which is also the Pilates Criss Cross
  2. The Captain's Chair Exercise, which is also known as the Power Tower Knee Raise

These exercises, especially the top three, require constant abdominal stabilization, as well as body rotation.

I do the Exercise Ball Crunch daily, and really like this exercise. At first, I questioned the use of the exercise ball. However, I find that this exercise keeps the abdominal muscles constantly working throughout the workout. And, it is easy to do. I actually enjoy doing it.

The Pilates Criss Cross is difficult to do, but is the most effective Ab exercise tried.


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