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  • 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. - 4/11/2011 2:00:17 PM
  • 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! - 3/5/2011 8:49:43 AM
  • Very good article. It's nice to know you can keep it simple and still get the benefit from exercising.
    - 2/21/2011 5:59:34 PM
    I think i'll go for the reverse crunch,siuts me best. - 4/10/2010 3:01:00 PM
  • 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! - 4/10/2010 8:56:20 AM
  • Bike Crunch will always be my favourite, especially as I'm not good with traditional crunches! - 3/12/2010 11:27:08 AM
  • RE2BAH
    Great info! Makes doing those exercises so much more important! The only one I can't do is the Captain's chair until I find one! - 2/7/2010 6:26:47 PM
    I am just starting out, I have been the traditional lazy slob/couch potato most of my life. I am recently divorced and have quit smoking. I am not in terrible shape but I doo need some help with my abdominal muscles. I am finding the crunches, bicycle crunches and the plank are wori=king for me right now but I am always open to trying new exercises. - 2/1/2010 9:23:31 AM
  • Bicycle Crunches and Crunches on the ball are a great combo for me. - 9/15/2009 2:15:38 PM
  • 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 6:57:17 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. - 9/13/2009 1:09:21 PM
  • I just bought a ball, so now I can put it to good use and learn how to benefit from it by watching the exercises you show. Thanks for the daily videos - 3/9/2009 2:48:35 PM
  • 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 - 11/22/2008 12:11:45 AM
    Some of these exercises are new to me and they will help relieve the boredom of the usual tricep exercises. - 11/3/2008 6:17:01 AM
  • 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 gimmicks...more money in my pocket that's got to be great!! - 10/30/2008 8:41:38 AM

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