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The 13 Best Abs Exercises

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6/23/2012 7:56:38 PM

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6/4/2012 7:29:38 AM

These exercises are great and very professional! Last year some of them I saw in a beautiful training I received from It's a dutch site, but the training has got nice things that you mentioned as well; but also some great fitness tools, like the kettlebell, it's freaking awesome!


4/18/2012 9:53:39 PM

gud morning,spark people. how can i trim my belly after I gave birth 5 months go.i undergone CS delivery.tnx


2/13/2012 8:15:13 PM

CHRIS3874's SparkPage
where was the Bird dog??


8/10/2011 11:35:17 PM

Am I reading the full study article wrong or is this not really the "best" 13 ab exercises, but just 13 "popular" exercises they chose to test, ranked high to low?

Not that it's not interesting information, but based on the article, "best" seems to be misleading for an article headline.


8/10/2011 7:33:01 PM

YANKS10's SparkPage
Thanks Coach Nichole,
I was looking to change things up and as usual your 13 course menu was right on .


8/10/2011 3:29:38 PM

Usually Nichole has good articles, but this one is way off the mark. First of all, the article she references is from 2001. Threre have been numerous studies showing that crunches are not effective. Not only that, they can cause damage & pain to the lower back.

There are no STANDING AB exercises shown, and there are a lot of them that are very effective.

My suggestion - ditch this article and promote something new.


8/10/2011 10:56:21 AM

40ANDTHIN's SparkPage
I was dismayed that this article had so many crunches. There is so much research available to indicate that crunches are extremely hard on your back. Visit
core/ for a great article. It contains lots of support for the theory that crunches are not good for you, along with sound alternates. I hope Sparkpeople makes some changes.


4/11/2011 2:00:17 PM

BERRY4's SparkPage
For the record, there is quite a bit of negative material from various muscle guru's, trainers, etc. regarding "crunches". For anyone with back issues, some of these exercises can aggravate or even cause problems.

Losing belly fat is primarily done via diet, and I do realize that this article was not addressing that specific topic.

I will probably stick with #'s 1,2,3 + all forms of plank to complement my overall full-body strength training.


3/5/2011 8:49:43 AM

JUDFRE's SparkPage
Very Informative, for sure. When I try to do crunches, it really hurts my lower back. So I must need to strengthen that area to accomplish the front portion!


2/21/2011 5:59:34 PM

SYEEDAH39's SparkPage
Very good article. It's nice to know you can keep it simple and still get the benefit from exercising.


4/10/2010 3:01:00 PM

I think i'll go for the reverse crunch,siuts me best.


4/10/2010 8:56:20 AM

JENVIZ26's SparkPage
Great Article! I have a hard time with traditional crunches etc so there were some good ideas in here that now I can try and stay away from all the infomercials!


3/12/2010 11:27:08 AM

FATHINSN's SparkPage
Bike Crunch will always be my favourite, especially as I'm not good with traditional crunches!

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