5 Exercises to Build Strong Core Without Doing Crunches

5 Exercises for a Strong Core That You Should Do

We all know the basic exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches. They are really great for beginners to get stronger or for professionals when they want to add some variety to their routine.

However, doing only such old-school and primitive exercises isn’t enough to achieve superior results.


So, if you’re looking for new exercises that could hit your abdominals without performing easy and not very effective crunches, then try adding some of the exercises below to your routine.

Some of them may be difficult to perform if you’re doing them for the first time but do what you can and these exercises will become easier to perform.

1. Wipers

 

Doing wipers is one of the most effective methods you can find to strengthen your obliques. This is because most abdominal exercises concentrate on hitting the abdominis rectus but not the obliques.

So, if you feel that the sides of your abdominals require more attention, then you should start doing this exercise.

Begin by lying down on the floor and raising your legs until they form a 90-degree angle with the floor.

Then, move your legs to the right and then to the left side without twisting your entire body. After you perform it, repeat the same process again.

2. Cross Crunches

 

If wipers alone aren’t enough to give work to your obliques, then you can also add cross crunches to your workout. The principle of doing cross crunches is similar to performing regular crunches.

The only difference is that you need to move from the right to left, not straight as you would need to do while doing regular crunches.

3. L-Sit

 

 

The L-sit is one of more challenging exercises because it requires some flexibility, arm strength, and trained abs. Also, it can be more difficult to perform if you’re overweight. If that’s the case, then you should start with easier exercises.

If you think you’re capable of performing an L-sit, then start it by sitting down on the floor. Keep your legs straight on the ground and then use your palms to raise your whole body a few centimeters above the floor.

Also, you need to keep your legs straight even while your body is above the ground so that your abs would get plenty of work. This exercise is similar to planks as you need to hold yourself in the same position without doing anything else, so you can say that one set equal to one rep.

4. Leg Raises

 

One of the most popular and effective exercises you can do to strengthen your abs are leg raises.

They don’t require doing some special movements or too much preparation to perform as the L-sit requires, so this exercise works well for beginners and professionals too.

Begin the exercise by lying down on the floor. Keep your arms below your head, while your legs should stay close to one another and kept straight.

Then, move your legs up until they reach a 90-degree angle to the floor and lower them until they reach the floor again.

5. Scissors

 

Scissors are highly similar to leg raises but for most people are easier to perform. So, if you have difficulties with leg raises, then try doing scissors until you get stronger.

The only difference between these exercises is that instead of using both of your legs at the same time, you need to raise only one of your leg while lower the other.

As you can see, none of these exercises require you to use equipment, so you can do them anywhere and anytime you like.

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