Hey I’m back with the 5th video in my best ab exercises series – I hope you’re having a great day!
Today’s anti-crunch abdominal exercise is the mountain climber, and it is one of my “ab”solute favorite exercises for working the core.
Why? Because it is what I call a “total body ab exercise”.
While performing the mountain climber, not only are you actively contracting your lower abs by bringing your knee to your chest, but your core is also stabilizing your body to maintain your position in a good plank.
It’s twice the work that you would do if you were to lay on the ground and bring your knees in to your chest like so many people who are looking for a flat stomach waste so much time on.
And twice the work means twice the number of calories burned. That’s a good thing.
Besides, the core was not meant to crunch or curl our heads towards our knees, it is build to resist rotation so that’s exactly how we should be training them.
And I am sure you are sick of hearing about how bad traditional crunches are for your back. So bad, in fact, that the damage they may do to your spine far outweighs any good they could potentially do for your core.
Check out this video on how to do the mountain climber and leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.
Until next time, if you are looking to flatten your stomach or increase your core strength, stop doing crunches and start using the best ab exercises to accomplish your goals.
Your Friend & Coach,
Susan Campbell, MS, CSCS