Crunches a Must For a Toned Stomach
People are always searching for the perfect set of abs. Ask anyone who is interested in health and fitness what they most want for their body and they will probably reply “toned abs”. Really, it’s no wonder that the abs have it. Studies have shown that a smaller waist and reduced belly fat are good indicators of health and very attractive as well. So what’s the best exercise for achieving a six pack? Drum roll: Good old fashioned crunches. Yes, crunches are the perfect exercise for a toned tummy since they work the muscles of the abdomen most effectively. Keep in mind that crunches are crunches, not to be confused with sit ups.
Many so called experts, books and websites may say that crunches are unnecessary and useless. They may point to other exercises that don’t specifically target the stomach, such as core exercises which are supposed to work the entire mid-section, as being more effective than “antiquated” crunches.
Consider the facts though. Working on the core is an effective way to stay in shape. But it is not the best way to tone the stomach. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, core work often involves doing weight bearing exercises. Weight bearing exercises are great for overall fitness and toning, but if someone is looking to target the muscles around the stomach (a specific muscle group), crunches are a must.
There are many people who will also say that they do crunches religiously and don’t experience any results. What they fail to realize is that the results are there, they’re just hidden. According to Muscle and Fitness crunches help to “condition and strengthen your abs”. When people do endless crunches (which is not necessary to see results), and yet still don’t see a flat stomach, it’s most likely because they have a layer of fat covering the abs. The key to a flat stomach, devoid of fat, is eating a balanced diet that burns fat. Once the fat is gone, the toning and definition can be seen. The only way to achieve toning and definition is with crunches.
For those who are overwhelmed by the thought of doing crunches, it bears repeating that crunches are not the same as sit ups. Crunches are simple movements which may involve a slight lifting of the shoulders or legs or a slight bend forward if standing up. Not only are crunches uncomplicated and easy to do, they are fun. Many people think of boredom when it comes to doing crunches, but the truth is that they can be done lying down or standing. They can be done using cables, weights or nothing at all. Crunches can be done to target the lower abdomen, obliques, or the entire stomach. There is never a need for apprehension when it comes to doing crunches.
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The key to the success of doing crunches is consistency
There is no need to do thousands per day to see results. Even one hundred crunches per day yield amazing results. They are easy to modify and can be done by just about anyone. Crunches done in conjunction with a healthy diet are by far the best and fastest way to achieve a fantastic looking stomach.