I don’t train “abs” a lot, but I use total body exercises that work my abs all the time. And the ab exercises that I do have in my program are not traditional ab exercises. No crunching for me.
Instead, I use what I call “total body ab exercises“. Currently, my 3 favorite bodyweight ab exercises are:
1) The Pull-up (or Chin-up) plus Knee-Up combo
2) The Ab Wheel or Diagonal Ab Wheel
3) X-Body Mountain Climber
Check out this awesome abs triset from Workout A of Phase 2 of the Advanced TT for Abs Home Abdominal Workouts.
A) Ab Wheel or Stability Ball Rollout – 10 reps – No rest.
B) Stability Ball X-Body Mountain Climber (Hands on Ball) – 10 reps – No rest.
C) Pushup Side Plank – 30 second hold – Rest 1 minute & repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 trisets.
You’ll never have to do another useless crunch on a stinky, sweaty dirty gym mat or hotel room floor EVER again!
And you can get more crunch-free ab exercises here:
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training for Abs Home Abdominal Workout System