A Super Ab-blasting Exercise!

July 22, 2009

If you want to exercise your abs, keep in mind that they run from the 5th, 6th, 7th ribs, and the lower part of your sternum (called the xiphoid process) down to a portion of your pelvic structure referred to as the crest of the pubis (google it).  So, your abs bring your ribs closer to your pelvis and your pelvis closer to your ribs.  To see exactly what your abs do, lie on your back on the floor or on your bed.  Bend your knees to about a 90 degree angle and fold your arms on your chest or put them behind your head.  Next, exhale while simultaneously bringing your rib cage down toward your pelvis.  Bring your rib cage down as far as you possibly can.  This will cause the upper part of your back to rise slightly, and your lower back should press into whatever you’re lying on.  Do you recognize this movement?  Sure you do!  This movement is the exercise known as the “crunch”.

Dude doing crunches

Dude doing crunches

In this movement, the goal should be to draw the rib cage down toward the pelvis, not to raise your head and shoulders, although they will rise a bit.  This movement is at the core of all “crunch” and “curl” movements, and also is the movement at the core of many expensive ab gadgets.

Oh, by the way, a special thanks goes to Mr. and Mrs. Jalopy for allowing me to use their photo in the previous blog post:-)


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9 Responses to “A Super Ab-blasting Exercise!”

  1. Hi Darryl,

    The CRUNCH is so great. Indeed, you can really do it just about anywhere. My SIL was doing this while I was on the Elliptical Trainer this afternoon when we were working out after we came back from church.

    Take care,

    April Braswell

    Young Widows Grief Bereavement Counseling Vegas Orange County, Costa Mesa Fountain Valley Huntington Beach, CA

  2. A SUPERB and simple exercise. Great to be reminded of the core fundamentals in fitness for strengthening our abdominal area, Darryl!

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

  3. I thought the “experts” were now saying crunches are not so go and we should be doing planks. No?

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services – Babysitters and Nannies

  4. John Ho says:

    Hi Darryl,

    You sound like a hard task master. I’ve lost faith in my Pure Numerology skills after reading your blog post here :))

    John Ho
    Numerology Expert Helps Understanding Personality for Better Influence & Persuasion (WordPress Blog)
    Numerology Expert Birthday Numeroscope (Vox Blog)
    Numerology Expert Helps Understanding Personality for Better Influence & Persuasion

  5. See, I knew it was their abs! There are a few exercises that I like and that is one of them. They are easy to do and we can do them anywhere!


  6. JJ Jalopy says:

    Haha! It’s a pleasure Darryl! 🙂

    This sounds like a great way to really blast your abs. My stomach is sore just thinking about it! 🙂

  7. Lynn Lane says:

    This is a great move, I feel it plenty.

    Dang JJ, you better stay home with the Wife when she looks like that:P

    Lynn Lane
    Warrior Of Success Training



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