Although the basic crunch may not be as strong of an exercise as the plank, it’s variant, the bicycle crunch is a different breed. According to a study sponsored by ACE, the bicycle crunch is one of the top abdominal exercises among 12 other abs workouts.
The bicycle crunch not only works the six-pack muscles (the outer layer abdominal muscles) but also the obliques, giving you a slimmer waist line. For all your love handle problem, leave it to the bicycle crunch. It can make it disappear by melting all the fat away from the sides of your stomach.
- Lie flat on the floor with lower back on the ground. Put your hands behind your head, without locking your fingers together then bring your knees in towards your chest and lift your shoulder blade off the ground.
- Straighten your right leg out to about a 45-degree angle to the ground while turning your upper body to the left, bringing your right elbow towards he left knee. Make sure your rib cage is moving and not just your elbows. Now switch sides and do the same motion on the other side to complete one rep. Continue alternating from side to side until completing the prescribe number of reps. Do 15 bicycle crunches.