Stability Ball Crunch
This crunch will probably remind you of the standard crunch you have done on the ground before. But for this kind, you’ll need a stability ball, which you can pick up at your local retailer. Lie on the ball with your feet planted firmly on the ground. With your
chin up and your stomach held in tight, begin to crunch up toward the ceiling. Do this until it burns and then complete 15 more.
This one requires a little coordination, but I know you can do it. With your body facing the ground, put the stability ball under your feet and keep your hands extended under your chest. Basically, you’ll be in a push-up stance. But instead of moving your
arms, you’re going to move your legs in and out. Remember to pull your navel into your spine. Do 15 to 20 of these.
This exercise really focuses on working those stubborn lower abdomen muscles. Find a horizontally placed bar around your house or gym (make sure it’s steady and will hold your weight with no issue), and hang from that bar using your arms. Keeping your navel in and your torso still, slowly raise your knees up, pause for a second and then lower them. Remember, this should be a controlled motion rather than swinging. Complete 10 to 15 of these.
This name is pretty fitting, because you’ll be praying for these to end once you start them. Head to the cable weights at your gym, and put the weight on something that feels comfortable but also challenging enough that you’ll feel the burn by 20 reps.
Facing the weights, suck in your stomach and tuck your hips under while you crunch downward. It might seem awkward at first, but you’ll become an expert at it before you know it. Repeat 25 times.
Steve Orlando is the owner of SO FIT Personal Training, with personal training, group fitness and nutrition services. Steve has more than 15 years of industry experience with a wide range of clients.