Floor Crunches abdominals

Midpoint

Start/Finish

Start/Finish

Midpoint

Starting Position: Of all the newfangled doodads and gimmick devices that promise to deliver a firm, "sexy" tummy in record time, I'm convinced none work as well as a properly executed, simple abdominal-strengthening exercise called floor crunches.

All you do is lie on a floor (preferably a carpeted floor or a pad of some kind), put your hands beside your head, bring your knees together, and place your feet flat on the floor about a foot from your hips.

The Exercise: Start by pushing your lower back down, almost like you're trying to make a dent in the floor. Then and only then, begin to roll your shoulders up, keeping your knees and hips stationary. Continue to push down as hard as you can with your lower back.

The range of motion on this exercise is very limited. Your shoulders actually come off the ground only a few inches. Hold this position and flex your abdominal muscles as hard as you can for a count of one, and then slowly lower your shoulders back down to the floor, but never stop pushing down with your lower back.

Take your time on this exercise. It's not a race, and it's not a contest to see who can do the most sit-ups. If you do this exercise properly, I guarantee your abs will be burning by the time you get done with a dozen reps.

Don't lock your hands behind your head. Your hands should be cupped at the sides of your head and should not be used for leverage.

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