So doing crunches all the time isn’t the greatest exercise for building a strong tight core! Firstly it only works the top 4 of your abdominal muscles and secondly if you do them incorrectly it can lead to poor posture and pain!
So here are 5 great core exercises you can do instead of crunches:
1. Squat to Dumbbell Curl-Press.
First squat down to a 90 degree bend in the knees, then as you stand back up curl your Dumbbells up to your shoulders. Once your fully standing push the Dumbbells directly upwards above your head and lower.
2. Dumbbell Push-ups to Row.
Hold a dumbbell in each hand and lie in a press-up position. Perform a push-up then as you straighten lift one hand off the floor directly upwards keeping your elbow high. Then lower and repeat the opposite hand.
3. Planking Frog Tucks.
In a press-up position, bring your right knee up towards your right elbow keeping your whole body straight. Then lower back and repeat with your left.
4. Hip Barbell Raise.
Sitting, place your back against a bench with your feet flat on the ground and knees up. Have a decent weight over your hips and squeeze your hips upwards.
5. Squat Thrust to Superman.
In the press-up position, jump in bringing your knees to your chest and return. Then extend one arm and the opposite leg and return.