Why Crunches Don't Work

Introduce Other Ab Exercises

Pilates exercises like the plank and the hundred have gained popular following among  six pack enthusiasts because they lengthen and stretch the muscles preventing that puffy, pushed out look.

Step 1

Begin on your back with your arms extended toward the ceiling. Bend your knees at a 90 degree angle with the floor, straighten your legs and then lower them to a 45 degree angle.

 

 

 

 

Step 2

Lift your upper torso and pump your arms up and down in swift, small movements, keeping them parallel to the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3

Perform 100 pumps, inhale for five breaths and exhale for five breaths. Return to start position.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dena Stern is the Content & Community Manager for Exercise.com. She works with a highly trained group of nutritionists, trainers, yoga and Pilates instructors and athletes to provide the best information, tools and motivation related to personal fitness. 

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