Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Sunny San Diego
Slow, controlled crunches should be number one on the list. Only your lower and middle back should touch on the lowering phase keepng your shoulder off the ground and stomach tight. Then squeeze your shoulders up towards your knees, keeping your lower back on the floor. Pulling the lower back up does nothing more for the abs, it just incorporates the abductors (very tip-top of the thigh)to come all the way up. Another favorite of mine is a triple set including leg lifts to the top of the reverse crunch followed but reverse crunches and finished out with leg lifts. To expound, the first exercise starts with your legs straight out and tummy tight. Then lift your legs until they are perpindicular to the floor. Finally, thrust you feet towards the ceiling by using the lower half of your abs, squeezing at the top. (the final upward thrust is called a reverse crunch). Once you do 12 or so full range, then without rest do a set of 12 with just that top sqeeze (revesre crunch) and finally still without a pause lower your legs to do 12 straight-leg lifts to about 6-8 inches from the ground, concentrating on pivoting your pelvis and using the lower abs and not your abductors. Rest a minute or so and do another set (all 3 exercises) or two until you stomach feels the burn. Supinating cruches (with a twist to the left or right) are a good all around tummy exercise as well, hitting your obliques as well as the main muscles of the stomach. Cotrol is the key to an effective ab exercise. Just throwing you body towarsds your legs will eventually cause a burn, but won't target the muscles near as well as mentally squeezing every muscle fiber.
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