Double Crunches are a Great Stomach Exercise
Double crunches are a great stomach exercise because they emphasize both the upper and lower portions of the stomach at the same time.
No stomach exercise can magically get rid of stomach fat, spot reduction is the biggest myth regarding stomach exercises!
And even though you cannot isolate the lower portion of the abdominals without also working the upper portion, you can emphasize the lower stomach by posteriorly tilting the pelvis or moving the legs.
Below are picture of the double crunch exercise that works the entire stomach region.
Lower Stomach Exercises: Double Crunches
Starting Position: Lie on your back with your hips bent and your legs extended at 90 degrees. Place your hands behind your head.
Form: Curl your trunk forward and pull your knees towards your chest, in an attempt to touch your elbows to your knees.
Hold for 1 second at the top and then slowly lower to the starting position. As you lower, slightly extend your legs to the starting position while keeping your back flat on the floor.
Personal Trainer Tips: The farther and lower you extend your legs the more challenging this exercise is for the ab muscles and lower back.
Use your ab muscles to keep your back from arching or simply do not extend your legs as far out or as low to the ground.
Double crunches are a great exercise, and they can be a great part of any stomach workout routine.
But if you're trying to lose weight, take a comprehensive approach to fitness and include cardio, flexibility, and weight training into your fitness routine.
Yours in Health,
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