I was with a new client recently and, after the workout, she wondered why we hadn't done any crunches. "Because, I don't like them," I answered. She looked shocked by my response and then, after a moment of thought, blurted, "I don't like them either!"
It can be a defining moment in an adult's life, that moment when they realize they don't have to do a zillion crunches at the end of a workout. In fact, it is entirely possible to work the abs and back without a single crunch...without even getting on the floor.
Not only is it possible but, in some respects, it's preferable. Floor exercises have their place, of course, but working the abs from a standing position, either with exercises that are integrated into your workout, or with targeted core exercises, focuses on the abs the way they function in real life - As a support for all the movements you do each day: Walking, bending over to pick something up, lifting something overhead or twisting around to grab something behind you.
To that end, I've created an Extravaganza of Standing Abs, a rather dramatic name for a series of content put together to tell you all about how you can work your abs while standing up. First is an article describing how to get off the floor to work your abs and, following that, is a list of standing ab exercises you can try on your own. I've even created a Standing Ab Workout incorporating some of those exercises into one challenging workout.
What do you think? Are you over crunches and looking for something new? How do you work your abs and do you focus on both floor and standing exercises? Leave a comment and tell us what you think about standing abs.