There is no doubt that sit-ups and crunches are healthy however, they give a terrible neck and back pain. Also, they are pretty difficult for many people and their small motions don’t do much of calorie burning.
Now it’s the time to upgrade your basic crunches to the next level. These exercises are more effective than regular crunches and don’t cause any pain. Moreover, the following exercises are ideal for beginners, and keep you injury-free, while building an amazing six-pack.
Here are the 5 Ab Exercises Are Better Than Crunches:
- Side plank crunches
Plank exercises help work your abs and obliques. To do them, start in a side-plank position with one foot on top of the other, your body in a straight line, and then do a crunch. Repeat 10 times.
You can also try to do a deep twist, which trains the shoulders, glutes, and quads. Additionally, if you can’t support your body on your hand, do this exercise on your elbow.
- Medicine ball twists
Sit down on a yoga mat, raise your legs and back as high as you can. Hold a medicine ball to your chest, and maintain all the body weight on your buttocks. Spread your arms forward and transfer the ball from one side to another. Twist as far as possible. Do 24 twists or 12 full rotations.
- Medicine ball jackknives
Medicine ball jackknives are one of the most effective exercises for your core. Lie on your back and keep your legs straight. Then, bring the medicine ball in front and above your head. Lastly, elevate your legs and bring the medicine ball toward your legs. Get back to the initial pose and do 2 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
If you are unable to do this exercise, just bend your knees toward your chest instead of keeping them in a straight line.
- Mountain climber crosses
Get into a plank position. Bend your left and right knee alternately as if you are climbing a mountain. This exercise targets the entire core including your shoulder muscles. Repeat the motion for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Split leg V-Ups
Lie on your back and keep your arms alongside your body. Extend your legs upside, at a 90-degree angle as if against a wall. Go back to the starting position, and repeat on the other side. Do 20-30 reps.