Spoiler Alert: Crunches and situps are not the secret to six-pack abs. According to a recent editorial in Navy Times, the U.S. Navy is making moves to banish the traditional situp from their physical-readiness test, which sailors must pass twice each year.
In fact, repetitive or excessive spinal flexion (e.g., bending your chest toward your knees at the back) is just about “the worst thing you can do for your back,” says David Larson, C.S.C.S., a strength coach at Pulse Fitness in Scottsdale, AZ. In addition to swapping crunches for some more complex moves (detailed below), proper diet is essential for carving out that six-pack—just ask any fitness model or strength coach. But here are six key exercises to get you started on making your abs the best they’ve ever been.
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