Building a set of solid, six-pack abs is the goal of just about everyone that works out. But getting rock-solid abdominal muscles isn’t just pleasing to the eye, it serves a functional purpose in helping to keep your core tight, and maintaining your form for your other lifts like your squat and deadlift.
If you’re looking for new ways to work on your abs, let Darren Stephen Lim, personal trainer, founder of D’Fitness and a WBFF Fitness Model Finalist, teach you a more advanced version of everyone’s favourite abs exercise. Give the reverse crunch a shot and you may just see better results that will give your abs the extra pop it needs.
Reverse Crunch Tips:
- Lie face up on the floor with your palms facing down
- Bend your hips and knees 90 degrees
- Raise your hips off the floor and crunch them inward
- Pause, and then slowly lower your legs until your heels nearly touch the floor.
Advanced Reverse Crunch Tips:
- Good shoulder mobility recommended for advanced version
- Keep back flat against bench and prevent it from arching
- Keep lower body tight by squeezing butt, thighs, and feet together
- Keep yourself stable by engaging your lats
- Use a slow, controlled movement and don’t use momentum
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer