I did traditional sit-ups one day per week for years. I thought they were good abdominal exercises. I worked my way up from 2 sit-ups per session to 130 sit-ups. On other days I did crunches on the floor and on the stability ball. I also did pilates. Recently I was diagnosed with 2 bulging spinal discs and 1 herniated disc. That's when I learned that traditional sit-ups are really hard on the back and I should have been doing crunches all along. Warning! The picture at the top of this article may be dangerous to one's health.
9/13/2009 1:09:21 PM
Bicycle crunches are an absolute killer! About the nausea when using the ball that a previous poster wrote about--I had this same problem the first time I used the ball. I think I was too high up on the ball. Plus, I was giving my abs a much harder workout than I ever had before. The next time I used it, I scooted my butt down a little bit more and no feeling sick. It may also help to put the tips of your toes against the wall for some added stability and then work up to doing the exercises without using the wall for support.
hi , i having been trying and trying for months now to to flatten my stomach, but nothing seems to be workin i exercise everyday and i also do 120 sit everyday including the bycycles ones, but nothing seems to work. Is there something i am doing wrong?? or are there any tips on how to improve THANK HEAPS
11/3/2008 6:17:01 AM
Some of these exercises are new to me and they will help relieve the boredom of the usual tricep exercises.
hi ...thank goodness for this sensible advice...I have had abs trouble ever since I can remember and trying this method and that method over the years has just been so depressing since I barely see any results and give up! But now I understand the truth about toning up in that area I hope to become less disillusioned and devote more committment to the programme...no gimmicks...more money in my pocket that's got to be great!!
This is good. Except, I did the one with the ball, I think it was number 3, and I nauseated myself from dipping my head too low over the ball i guess... I only did it 2x, but Im still ill about it. blehhhh.... I'm really motion sensitive lately- can't even do tai bo with all that twisting and turning!
9/18/2008 9:26:04 AM
I am very pleased that the exercises are rated and explained! Thanks!
Denise Austin's "Hit the Spot Core Complete" is my absolute favorite for my abs!! There are several of the 12 best ab exercises used in this DVD!!......and I just absolutely LOVE using the stability ball..it is so much fun! ;)
9/13/2008 11:45:02 AM
What about traditional sit-ups and leg-raises? These exercises made men from the Armed Forces of the English speaking nations hard as rock from 1910 to 1945.
I just started 8 minute abs last night and I was pleasantly surprised today to feel the effects of my workout last night. I plan to do it every other day. Hope it works.
2/6/2008 9:26:01 AM
I have a Torso Track and it works VERY well. I guess I stick to exercises more if there is a machine sitting out to remind me to work out LOL! Otherwise, the bicycle crunches are great if you are someplace without a machine.
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