Choosing the right workout can be a daunting task, especially because there is such a great amount of information out there. This information can at often times seem contradicting even, with one source saying a certain exercise is best for you, and another claiming the same about another. Supine reverse crunches are one such example. The general consensus seems to be that they are the best way for men to get abs, but how true is this?
Supine Reverse Crunches
First of all, it helps to understand what supine reverse crunches actually are. To perform them, one has to first lie down on the floor, resting on their back. The legs are then lifted, straight above the body in a vertical position or as far up as they can go. Once they are in their maximum position, the legs are bent at the knees to form a straight 90 degree angle. Keeping the legs steady in this position, the knees are then lifted towards the chest, while at the same time contracting the abs. Hands can be kept underneath the back, or lying beside the body, whichever way is most comfortable. This exercise is repeated for a set of thirty counts or more.
Now there is no doubt that supine reverse crunches can be a great way to build stronger muscles in the abdominal area. In fact, they are one of the best exercises that there are out there. That does not however mean that they are the absolute best. There are a number of other exercises that work just as well and can be just as effective to get better abs. Take for example, corkscrews.
Another great exercise for building muscle in the abdominal area is the corkscrew, and the best part is that even beginners can perform this exercise with relative ease, while at the same time expecting effective results. To perform it, one must lie down flat on their back, on an exercise mat if possible. Keeping the hands besides the body, palm down, the legs are raised to a position where they are straight above the thighs, with the knees at a small angle. This means that the legs are making a 90 degree angle to the ground (this position is similar to the starting position of supine reverse crunches). Once you are in a relatively stable position, twist your hips towards the side, holding it steady for a few seconds. Then, repeat on the other side.
Leg lifts are also a great exercise for building abs. To perform it, lie down flat on your back. Keeping your legs straight, in a steady manner, lift them straight up as high as they go. Then bring them back down, again keeping them steady and in control. Hold the legs in both extreme positions for a few seconds, and repeat up to twenty times.
Kelvin wears many hats in the fitness and health industry. He believes in a practical, flexible and sustainable approach to bodybuilding. Initially Kelvin had started bodybuilding as a hobby which turned into passion and later, a successful career. He shares his expertise on strength training and body building to help the GFY community.
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