Want to work those abs? How about you try out these 5 different ways of crunching! I love incorporating crunches into my ab routines at the end of each training session. I typically choose 3 exercises to do back to back (super set) for 3-4 sets of 20
1: Standard crunch -- there are a few variations to doing this crunch( arms crossed on your chest, hands gently rested behind head/neck with elbows out to the sides, or arms straight; glued next to their ears and even hold a light dumbbell) Exhale as you bring your shoulders off the floor and draw your belly button in towards your spine. Don’t depend on momentum- keep it slow and controlled.
2: Bicycle crunch -- Remember to keep your elbows out, in line with your ears and lead with your shoulder, not your elbow.
3: Reverse crunch -- For this one, you can have your hands behind your head (more challenging) or under your lower back. Bring your legs up and try to lift your hips to press your toes towards the ceiling.
4: Double crunch -- Is a lot like the reverse crunch with a slight twist. Instead of keeping your shoulders flat on the ground you'll want to bring them up as you're bringing your knees toward your chest
5: Side-to-side crunch -- Come up into a regular crunch, and engaging your obliques, bring your torso towards the side and “chop” with your hand at your ankle. Back to centre, then to the opposite side.
Focus on your breath. As you engage your abs to crunch up, exhale and bring your belly button towards your spine. Trying to keep your spine a neutral position as best you can.
Think about contracting your abs while exercising and even during everyday activities.