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Paige Waehner

Standing Ab Exercises

By May 31, 2012

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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.

May 31, 2012 at 4:18 pm
(1) Suraj says:

Its great to have writers finally noting that abs/core are part of the whole, and that old school sit-ups/crunches are, in fact, a complete waste of time. The body works best when your core fires first and stabilises before other movement, and your abs/core are there to mostly resist movement!)
A Happy Instructor)

May 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm
(2) TrainerMike says:

Love your list of standing ab exercises! That’s going to help me add some variety and function to my clients’ workouts. My personal favorite is the Windmill!

June 4, 2012 at 10:24 pm
(3) Kathie says:

Thank you! I wouldn’t say it’s easier to do standing ab exercises, but I bet it saves me from an achy back.

June 5, 2012 at 4:19 am
(4) Cath says:

Love this article! I rarely do crunches in my classes as I don’t like them, and generally they are done wrong, no matter how many times you correct someone! I have used several of these standing exercises before but will definitely be incorporating some of the others too, can’t wait to try them!

June 5, 2012 at 7:58 am
(5) Jane says:

Finally!! I HATE crunches. My abs are proof! I love these exercises. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

June 5, 2012 at 8:34 am
(6) guest says:

Love them! I hate crunches. I will print out your Standing Ab Workout and follow it. Thank you!

June 6, 2012 at 11:07 am
(7) deborah murphy says:

Yah!! Finally, I never thought it made sense to lie down to do abs, functionally it’s better stood up, it’s mainly how we use our core anyway!!

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