Super Crunch For Abdominal Shape
To add some intensity to your regular crunches and really blast your
abs, try this advanced ab exercise.
Lie on the floor in your regular Crunch
position, knees bent, hands
over ears (not locked behind head) or in tight to chest.
Now, crunch up approximately 10 inches,
holding the peak contraction
for a count of 4. In this fully contracted position, the key is to really
squeeze your abs together hard. Imagine pushing your upper abs into your
lower abs and vice-versa (like an accordion coming together).
From this point, you want to return to
the floor very slowly. The
trick here is to try to keep your abs tense and contracted during the
eccentric or negative phase of the movement. And you want to return slowly;
it should take a count of 3-4.
Repeat the motion trying to maintain
as much continuous tension on the
abs as possible. This movement is not about "how many" reps you can do; it's
all about how hard you can squeeze your abs and maintain tension.
I like to shoot for a grueling set or
two of 12-20 reps and then
finish off by immediately going into a set of 8-10 regular paced Crunches.
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