Zero Crunches Away from Tight Abs

Mick H. in California asks: “Hi Keri, how many crunches do you do?”

I almost never do boring crunches! Instead, I am constantly mixing up my training by doing compound exercises. Compound exercises are multi-joint movements that work several muscles or muscle groups at one time. A squat, for example, requires core and lower back stability while engaging your glutes (booty), hamstrings and quadraceps. A basic crunch is an isolation exercise. Isolation exercises work only one muscle or muscle group and only one joint at a time.

Some benefits of compound exercises:

  • burns more calories during exercise
  • improves coordination, joint stability and balance
  • keeps your heart rate up and provides cardiovascular benefits
  • allows you to lift heavier and build strength

(Photo Credit: Eva Simon)

Other examples of great compound exercises:

For an extra burn, and to maximize the compound movement, try adding an explosive jump into things like alternating lunges and squats!

~ Coach Keri

*Please get clearance from your doctor before starting any nutrition or exercise program.

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posted by Coach Keri

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