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Readers Respond: Do You Have a Favorite Ab Exercise or Core Workout?

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Updated September 05, 2009

Do you have a favorite abdominal or core workout? Have you discovered one that you think works better than all the rest for you? Share your tips, tricks and favorite workout for your mid-section with the rest of us. Share Your Favorites

wrong

These "core-strengthening exercises" are so backwards. If you want inhumanly strong posterior, anterior, AND lateral chain muscles, buy Convict Conditioning 2, or look up either Clutch Flag or Press Flag. Modern techniques are complete bs, go back to basics and use the clutch and/or press flag to build true core strength.
—Guest Dmitri

Super-man

My favorite ab exercise is the superman. I like this exercise because it is fairly easy to do. First, begin by lying flat on your stomach, then slowly ease you arms and legs up. You can put your arms either in front of you, or out to the sides. Hold for 30-60 seconds and do as many reps as you like.
—Guest Casey

fave exercise

love the plank its the best exercise EVER!!! At first it was tough but no i absolutely love doing the plank. I try and do it every morning to help build up my core strength, which it has! i have improved loads over the 2 weeks ive been doing these exercises !!
—Guest fatme

Best Abdominal Machine

The EXT3 Abdominal is the best abdominal machine on the market. You cannot cheat with your arms or hips. It is comfortable. It forces you to do each rep correctly.
—latwon

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Keen to try all these gr8 sugestions. . . Day1 starts tomorow! Plan to tackle 'mummy tummy' problem.
—Guest Lisaaroha

Planks saved me

The plank exercises saved me from terrible back pain related to sitting as a truck driver. Stabbing terrible pain would have forced me to retire. I have always run-walked but the pain came I was scared for my future. Gym trainer taught me these and it truely saved my job. Any drivers you know share this story.
—Guest paul8th

truck driver saved

the plank exercises saved me from terrible back pain related to sitting. Stabbing terrible pain would have forced me to retire. I have always run-walked but the pain came I was scared for my future. Gym trainer taught me these and it truely saved my job. Any drivers you know share this story
—Guest paul8th

Bicycle & Double crunch + plank

I like rotating 50 bicycle crunches, 50 double crunches (reverse crunch at the same time as regular crunch, not one after the other in a rocking motion), and 2 minutes of planking for as long as I can. Lots of people who read this can do way more than that because I've just started working out, so maybe try 100/100/4 minutes, or if you're worse try 30/30/1 minute, over and over again, maybe taking a small break or two.
—Guest Venumuz

trx atomic push up

great exercise for the core, tough and effective. Bring it!
—Guest tonytrainer

Ab Roller

I have been hearing great things lately about strengthing your abs with an ab roller. The exercise works your abs as you use them to pull the wheel back, and many fitness experts are now highly recommending it over exercises such as situps. Some of the other exercises listed above the ab roller are not natural position exercises or they may work your abs, but they may put strain on other areas of the body.
—Guest Guest

weighted, variable leg position crunches

with couch, straight or bent legged, use manageable weight and crunch varying arm positions, breathing pace, and controlled, rhythmic reps. May need butt-pillow to prevent chafing.
—Guest Ian

kettlebell push row

I'm 60 years old and I do push up rows using kettlebells. Great for lats and total core. Killer exercise with KB because of higher center of gravity needing extra stability control.
—Guest bbnbboy

Best Abs

GOOD WORK OUT FOR ABDOMINAL EXERCISES , SO I AM SENDING THIS REPORT. THANKS
—Guest kk

Fun and builds muscle+stretches core

Lay down just like an average crunch, then lift your feet so they're parallel with your back but as high as possible, bring your knees towards your shoulders and extend your legs into the air, you should be placed in a "L" formation, then go back to the original sit up formation do a quick sit up and repeat. ed: Sounds like the reverse crunch: sportsmedicine.about.com/od/abdominalcorestrength1/qt/reverse_crunch.htm
—Guest Matthew C

Favorite Ab Exercise

I love the stability ball crunch. I'm getting killer results with this program http://www.onthenetdaily.com/truthaboutabs.php
—bobsmith0227

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