Exercises for Core,
Abs, and Abdominal Strengthening
Learn all the best exercises for core, abs, and abdominals.
Below is a fun exercise that can really work your core muscles. It's called 1 leg stick crunches (or you can make up another name if you want).
Basically, you perform regular crunches but use a stick to make the exercise more challenging and different.
The pictures and instructions are below.
1 Leg Crunches with a Stick or Body Bar
Starting Position: Begin by lying on your back, with your hips bent to 90 degrees. Hold a stick or body bar with both hands over your chest.
Form: Exhale and crunch your body forwards. Bring one knee in and move the stick over your foot and behind one leg while letting the opposite leg lower slightly towards the floor.
Once the stick is behind one knee, lower your upper back to the floor. Then, crunch up again this time moving the stick from under your knee back to over your chest.
Then, repeat on the other side.
Personal Trainer Tips: Some people find this exercise to be very easy because they have good hip flexibility and long arms. To make this exercise harder, simply use a body bar or light barbell instead of a dowel or broom stick.
You can also try another variation of this exercise, by bringing the stick under both legs at the same time.
Because you don't have your hands for support, you may feel slightly more pressure on your neck muscles, so rest when you need to.
Some people find this to be a fun core exercise to try at the end of a workout. There are so many different exercises for core and abdominals, so pick your favorites and try some new ones every now and then.
Visit the picture directory of abdominal exercises to learn more exercises for core and abdominal strengthening or try one of the free ab workouts.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Charles PT/PT
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