It’s Crunch Time For Crunches

By Jamin Thompson

Everyday I go to the gym I see people doing useless abdominal exercises. They just have no idea that these dinosaur type exercises will give them a variety of lower back problems and never really get their abs to really pop!

These crunch-a-holics- pound out rep after rep of useless sit-ups, crunches, side bends, machine crunches, and many more big time wasting exercises thinking that the burn they feel will miraculously reveal their hidden six pack abs.

As much as it totally sucks to do hundreds of crunches and sit-ups people still go to the gym consistently and pound out rep after rep! Why? Because conventional wisdom says that feeling the burn from these types of abdominal exercises will help tone and flatten your belly.

Newsflash guys…it won’t.

Regardless of how intense the burn may be from crunches and sit-ups, neither one of these exercises is all that effective in building rock hard six pack abs, and in fact, doing crunches and sit-ups is practically a big waste of your precious time.

Here’s why.

Crunches are resistance exercises, and just like any other resistance exercise, if you can perform it for high repetitions (30 or 50 or even 100) reps it is practically useless to improve your body composition.

The best rep range for working the abdominals is between 10 and 20 reps. Anything more and you are probably wasting your time.

Now sit-ups may be somewhat harder than crunches, but they aren’t that much more effective. Plus, doing sit-ups can be risky because doing them puts pressure on the lower back and that puts you at risk for a herniated disc. Trust me, it is not worth it!

Both crunches & sit-ups are risky, boring, and not required to build rock hard six pack abs. In fact there are many exercises that you may have never heard of before that work your core much better and protect your lower back from soreness.

Some of my favorite “crunchless” abdominal exercises are:

Rookie Level
Mountain Climbers
Lying Hip Extension

Advanced Level
Renegade Dumbbell Row
Forearm Plank
Hanging Knee Raises

Hardcore Level
Sumo Deadlift to Curl
Windshield Wipers

Put some spice back into your abs training and skip the boring, back-breaking crunches and sit-ups. The exercises listed are far more effective, and much more fun. Plus, your lower back and neck will thank you in the end!

About the Author

Jamin Thompson is an internationally recognized fat loss expert, fitness model, motivational speaker, and sports performance expert. He is the author of the best selling fitness and diet e-book, The 6 Pack Secret: Fat Burning Secrets of The World’s Top Fitness Models which has helped thousands of men and women from all over the world build muscle, lose fat, and remain healthy for life without the use of supplements, fancy machines, or long boring cardio workouts. Learn how to increase your metabolism and get rid of stubborn fat by visiting:
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