Check out 15 isometric core and ab exercises better than crunches.
Crunches are probably the most common ab exercise people think of. Although traditional, crunches are not optimal when it comes to targeting your abs and getting closer to showing off a six-pack.
If you are serious about developing a strong midline, check out these 15 isometric core and ab exercises better than crunches shared by Critical Bench.
It is important to know that, however hard you train your abs, you must have a relatively low body fat percentage to be able to see them. These exercises might give you the strength you need in your core, but if you still cannot see your abs, you need to work on losing body fat.
First, you must be in a caloric deficit. Check out how to shed fat and completely transform your body. Without further ado, here is the full list of 15 isometric core and ab exercises better than crunches.
15 Isometric Core and Ab Exercises Better Than Crunches
These isometric core and ab exercises better than crunches were shown by coach Brian Klepacki, a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
- Hollow hold
- V sit
- Unilateral Loaded V-Sit
- Dead bug
- Leg lift hold
- Elbow plank
- Bull dog
- Hand Plank
- Bird Dog
- Glute Bridge
- Side elbow plank
- Side hand plank
- Cross Knee Mountain Climber
- V Reach Through
These exercises have no movement involved, hence the name isometric. You are going to hold the position anywhere from 15-30 seconds each time. If it is too easy, you can always incorporate some resistance such as adding a weight plate or wearing a weighted vest to increase your body weight.
If you are not sure how to perform one or more of these isometric core and ab exercises better than crunches, click on the video below.