Reverse Crunches and Windshield Wipers – a more Effective Ab Workout

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Question: When I do crunches and sit-ups my neck hurts. Are there other exercises that are as effective for working my mid-section without affecting my neck?
Answer: Certainly there are, and some are much more effective than crunches. On a scale of one to ten, ten being most effective crunches rate a two or three.
One exercise in particular, that allows you to support your neck is the Reverse Crunch. It’s done by lying on your back on a bench holding on to the bench above your head. Lift your legs until they are just above parallel to the ground. Bend your knees and pull your legs towards your torso. At the top of the movement, slightly lift your hips off of the bench. Extend your legs out again keeping them just above parallel to the floor. Do 15 to 20 reps for 3 sets. If you need more neck support, try rolling a towel and placing it under your head and neck.

Windshield Wipers are another very effective ab exercise that coordinates well with the Reverse Crunch. Lie on the floor inside a frame or doorway holding on to the frame supports. This keeps your torso stable. Lift your legs to a 90 degree position with your legs tightly together. Your legs should be straight up. Now rotate your hips to the side allowing your legs to move to just above the floor. Lift them back to the start position and then to the opposite side. Do ten reps in each direction and three sets. Don’t try this exercise if you have a history of lower back issues.

Get your abs tight and your core stronger.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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