Fitness Friday: Standing Abdominals

By Lisa Christie on 12/16/2011
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We talk a lot about strength training for the abs and back in our Fitness Friday posts. The primary reason is that lower back pain is one of the most common complaints we hear from women who come to Green Mountain at Fox Run. If your ab muscles are weak, then undue pressure is probably being placed on the back. Toning your back, along with your abs, on a regular basis provides a sense of balance and stability, results in a stronger core and can prevent overuse injuries.

Some people dread strength training for the abs because they may have a hard time getting down to the floor and they they may also find crunches uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are many ways to work on the abs, including on the Fitball® or while standing. In today’s video, Green Mountain fitness specialist Kate Nolte demonstrates four standing abs exercises you can do just about anywhere. Green Mountain recommends strength training any muscle group 2-3 times per week and doing 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

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Have a fabulous fit Friday!

4 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Bill says:

    Good alternative ab exercises. Everyone usually thinks of ab exercises lying down. Plus you can do them anywhere.

  • Jon says:

    Front squats are pretty good for the core and abs too, as are hanging leg raises. You only have to look at the abs on many boxers and athletes – they do not spend all day on the floor doing crunches!

  • Thanks for the video. I find abs to be the hardest part of the body to tone and to buff up. Probably the reason why not many people have “6 pack” abs. Just the normal sit-ups isn’t even enough to do the job, most of the time.

    I really appreciate you guys uploading this. “)

  • Mike says:

    Thanks a lot for this ab exercise, I know it will benefit us all.

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