Kontrol Your Fitness: 4 Exercise You Can Do For Abs That Don’t Include Crunches

1) Mountain Climbers: Great way to engage the lower abs. Try to keep hips from elevating into the air. – Do 3 to 5 set intervals of 30 seconds on and 30 seconds of rest.

2) Front Shoulder Raises: Believe it or not once you begin your shoulder raise, in order to maintain the straight back to do your lift you must engage your complete core or you will begin to lean forward.  Never felt it before, raise your weight some. – Do 3 to 5 sets of 15-20 reps

3) Planks: Everyones favorite.  Done from on the elbows or straight arm position.  Planks work from the transverse to rectus abdominis. – Challenge yourself by adding 10 seconds to your plank time each time you do it.

4) Standing Trunk Twists: Standing with legs straddled and arms raised laterally from your body, simply rotate at your waist twisting your body from one side to the other. This will engage your abs and obliques. – Do 5 set intervals of 30 seconds with 20 second rest in between.

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