What Are Stomach Exercises

For many women, achieving a lean midsection is no easy feat. Men and women’s muscles aren’t significantly different, but women tend to be wider through the pelvis and have a longer waist. This can make it challenging to get flat, firm abs.

But visible abdominal muscles aren’t impossible — you might just need to commit to doing more than standard sit-ups.

Ryan Wight

Ryan Wight

RKin, CSEP-CEP
Kinesiologist
Stoney Creek, ON
Mr. Tim Battaglia

Mr. Tim Battaglia

EMBA Candidate
Kinesiologist
Hamilton, ON
Mr. Jeff Ransome

Mr. Jeff Ransome

BSc.Kin. NSCA-CSCS, ACSM.(ES), CSEP, ACE (PT) FaCT
Kinesiologist
Mississauga, ON

Jackson Sayers, B.Sc. (Kinesiology), discusses ball-assisted lower stomach stability exercises.

Jackson Sayers, B.Sc. (Kinesiology), discusses stomach strength cross exercises.

Jackson Sayers, B.Sc. (Kinesiology), discusses stability ball stomach exercises.

Lower Stomach Stability Exercises

A very good upper stomach crunch that involves the Swiss Ball, can be done very, very easily.

It simply involves putting your legs on top of the ball, use your heels to grip the ball and then roll it up and from this position, from a nice flat back position with our neck supported once again. We simply want to roll the pelvis up, roll it back down, and roll it up.  It very much centers on the upper part of the stomach.

That is a very good exercise because it enables the hamstrings to work as well as the stomach.  And, having to grip the ball, that engages the whole hamstring muscle. It is nice when you can work one muscle group in conjunction with another.

Simply up and down, repeat ten to fifteen times. It is a very effective upper stomach crunch. Local Physiotherapists

Presenter: Mr. Jackson Sayers, Kinesiologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Kinesiologist

Abdominal Strengthening Exercise

A very effective upper body crunch that involves a bit of a lateral motion in it, simply involves around putting your hands behind your head.

The key of this motion is that we do not put too much strain on our neck, so our hands are very loose. What we want to do is get that nice bent position with the leg, other foot up on the knee, pelvis nice and square and we come over, touch the knee and go back again.

Come over, touch the knee and go back again. It does not really matter if you cannot get all the way; you just want to be crossing the stomach over and coming back down again. We do not want to be putting any kind of pressure on our head.

Repetitions involve anywhere between eight and twelve, back forward again. Local Physiotherapists

Presenter: Mr. Jackson Sayers, Kinesiologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Kinesiologist

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