In keeping with its role as America’s Workout Watchdog, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) commissioned exclusive research from experts at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse to evaluate the effectiveness of the most popular equipment and exercises compared to the traditional crunch.
“We spent a considerable amount of money on abdominal exercise equipment to basically show that you can effectively train the abs at home for free,” said Edward Stenger, M.S., who led the research team alongside John Porcari, Ph.D. “Everything else is arguably a waste of money from this standpoint.”
“Obviously, lying on the ground doing the traditional crunch is not appropriate for everyone,” Stenger said. “But for the average person who wants to work his or her abdominal muscles to get stronger, have less back pain and get better health benefits, all you need to do is get a comfortable spot on the floor, lie down and do some crunches.”
Bicycle crunches are especially effective.
Source: Medical News Today.