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Ab Crunches - Workouts Crunches
For Toning Your Abs
By Jean Lam

Thought Ab Crunches Were The Most Effective Methods To Lose Belly Fat and Get Six Pack Abs? You Got It All Wrong. Discover The Truth Today.

Many fitness and body sculpting enthusiasts want good looking, firm and eye popping abs. Getting a six pack ab involves self-discipline, determination and patience. The truth in getting six pack abs is not doing as many stomach exercises as possible like the ab crunches. For sure, ab crunches are important to tone and strengthen your ab muscles but the most important thing you need to focus on is proper nutrition, your meals being composed essentially of lean quality protein, complex and fibrous carbohydrates, essential fatty acids and of course water. You should avoid foods high in sugars, sodium, saturated fats and trans/hydrogenated fats.

But this article will not focus on nutrition but on those ab crunches. Ab crunches can provide your stomach a terrific workout if done properly and focuses on the upper abs as well as the lower abs depending how you do it. Toning your upper and lower abs with ab crunches is rewarding. In this article, I will show you two types of ab crunches.

The Basic Ab Crunch

The basic ab crunch will target the upper area of your abs.

(1) Lie down on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Your knees are close to each other or can even touch each other.

(2) Place your hands on your shoulder in an intercrossed way.

(3) Now, raise your upper body slightly and slowly such that you feel pressure and tension in your upper abs. Go back to initial position. Exhale while you raise your hips and legs and inhale while you lower them to the floor.

(4) Repeat for 3-4 sets of 15-20 repetitions.

The Reverse Ab Crunch

The reverse ab crunch will target the lower part of your abs.

(1) Lie down on the floor with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Your knees are close to each other or can even touch each other.

(2) Place your hands and arms on the floor on each side of your body.

(3) Now, raise your hips and legs in an upwards direction with your knees still bent such that you feel your lower abs squeezed and working. Go back to initial position. Exhale while you raise your hips and legs and inhale while you lower them to the floor.

(4) Repeat for 3-4 sets of 15-20 repetitions.

You can train your abs 2-3 times per week and coupled with a proper nutrition, you will be on your way to start seeing those abs stand out.

If you are really serious about getting a solid six pack abs and want more detailed information and instructions, I highly recommend Mike Geary eBook, The Truth About Six Pack Abs. Well written and illustrated with great ab building techniques and strategies, this is simply a MUST read for anyone wanting to get a ripped stomach and lean muscular body. Go and pick up your own copy right away and you won't regret it.

About the author

Jean Lam is the webmaster of Body Building Resource which provides articles on weight training, nutrition and fitness, body building book and DVDs.

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