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There is an abundance of crunches that you can add to your workout in order to increase the intensity of it. My favorite type of crunch is the explosive crunch, which is where you are pushing yourself up off the floor with speed and force.

Crank It Up:

The explosive crunch is a great way to work a different set of muscles than what you would normally work on a regular crunch. The explosive nature of this crunch allows it to target your abs, back and even some shoulders as well.

Tighten Your Tummy:

Another great thing about this crunched variation is that it tightens your stomach like no other type of movement can. Explosive movements are great for tightening up all parts of your body and this one definitely works.

Get More Power:

Your abs are going to get a lot more power when you work out this way because you will be working them harder than you normally do with traditional crunches. The harder you work your muscles the more defined they will look and feel, so this type of crunch does just that. It works your muscles hard for a tighter look and better results overall.

There are multiple variations of crunches that are popular. However, some are better than others for your abs.

Here are the best types of crunches:

  • The Bicycle Crunch is a classic crunch. To do this crunch, lay on your back with your arms at your sides and then lift your legs up in the air so they form a 90-degree angle with your torso. Then bring one elbow towards your knee while keeping the other elbow on the ground. The crunch will work more muscles in your abs and give you more of an ab workout than simple sit-ups.
  • The Reverse Crunch is also a great abdominal exercise. This can be done by lying faceup on an exercise mat while keeping both feet off of the floor (this can be done by placing them on a raised surface or holding onto something). Keep both knees bent and then lift them up to meet your hands as shown in the image above (your hands should be behind you holding onto something for balance). These are also know as “butt drops” due to the movement which looks like you’re dropping your butt to the floor. These target the lower abs and make them look flat and toned.
Susan Kowal
Susan Kowal is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor/advisor, and health enthusiast.