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A Trainer's Take on 13 of the Most Popular Abs Exercises

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  • DBESMAN
    I need to get rid of the ' spare tyre ' around my waist. I've tried almost everything. Nothing seems to work HELP !!!!!!!!




















  • I'm surprised that planks rate so low! When I do traditional ab exercises (like the #1 rated exercise) my abs never feel worked out (none of that "good" soreness the next day) but my hip flexors sure do! The most workout I feel that my abs have gotten is when they need to help me stabilized myself for other exercises, like tricep presses (believe it or not) or standing (slightly leaning back) rows. Best yet is some of the belly dance moves that I've learned, done drill-style (100 chest lifts - working the upper abs, 100 omi - working lower abs, lower back, and obliques, camels - working lower back and lower abs, they are also really awesome for a sore lower back!).
  • I love working with the ball, so much easier on my back then the floor
  • My trainer agrees with those comments. In fact he recommended that I don't put them in my exercise routine.
  • Most physical therapists are very against crunches! Too much strain on the back for the majority of people. A P.T. who specializes in pelvic disorders (from a broken pelvic bone, which is what I had last year, to incontinence, what they treat the most), would tell you that sit ups are the worst thing for your pelvic floor muscles. Mine told me doing a push up is encouraging your female organs and your bladder to SHOOT right out of you! Do planks and bridges instead! I learned a lot from her and my general P.T. about NEVER EVER doing sit ups!
  • I like working my abs on the stability ball....but I have some inner ear issues and doing the ball makes me really dizzy, even nauseous. Weird but true.
  • Thanks. Loved it.
  • ab rocker machine? are you guys nuts?
  • CHRISTINASP
    It's confusing that the title says 13 best exercises while the exercises listed are from best to worse.
    Also, too bad that of the first three, you do need materials for two of them, and of the first five, you need materials for three of the exercises, also.
  • The instructions do not match the video. RIGHT ELBOW needs to touch RIGHT KNEE and LEFT ELBOW to LEFT KNEE....sure seems like model is doing the opposite elbow to knee!
  • The title of this article doesn't match up with the content. How can something that experts say is 'relatively effective' make it into the list of "13 Best Abs Exercise?"
  • I'd love to save this article, but I am finding it really hard to see a save to favorites button? I'd really like to refer back to these great ab exercises!
  • MZNEWYEAR4LF
    even though I'm new to this it's been very helpful to me and my kids
  • RAWFOCUS
    some great ab exercises! Personally, my aim is to spend the least possible time necessary for maximum abs benefit:

    http://rawfocus.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/a
    b-attack.html

    the above system gives me all the abs session I need in just 8 minutes. Highly recommended!

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