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

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  • TONYDIJCKY
    These exercises are great and very professional! Last year some of them I saw in a beautiful training I received from http://www.bestebuikspieroefeningen.com. 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!
  • LIZTSARMIENTO
    gud morning,spark people. how can i trim my belly after I gave birth 5 months go.i undergone CS delivery.tnx
  • where was the Bird dog??
  • 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.
  • Thanks Coach Nichole,
    I was looking to change things up and as usual your 13 course menu was right on .

  • AZURE-SKY
    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.
  • 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 http://www.raquelfitness.com/crunches-abs-
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Very good article. It's nice to know you can keep it simple and still get the benefit from exercising.
  • BOLUWAYOMI
    I think i'll go for the reverse crunch,siuts me best.
  • 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!
  • Bike Crunch will always be my favourite, especially as I'm not good with traditional crunches!
  • 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!

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