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Ab Exercise to Know: Kneeling Cable Crunch

In the battle for the coveted 6-pack, add this highly effective abdominal move to your arsenal.

YOU'VE BEEN DOING:

Weighted crunches

SWITCH TO/EXERCISE TO KNOW:

Kneeling cable crunches

HERE'S WHY:

While there's nothing wrong with a weighted crunch, per se, holding a plate on your chest or behind your head can be uncomfortable and cumbersome. And the stronger you get, the harder it is to add weight without risking a crushed rib cage or strained neck. That's why it's time you switch to the kneeling cable crunch. Using a cable station allows you to add weight with the pull of a pin, and the constant tension you get from the cable means your ab muscles must work hard at every point in the exercise's range of motion-making it a more effective move than the crunch.

HERE'S WHAT YOU DO:

Attach a rope handle to the pulley of a cable station and get down on your knees a few feet in front of the station. Keeping your weight on your knees and shins, let the cable pull on your arms and torso so that you feel a light stretch in your abdominal muscles [1]. From there, crunch your body, bringing your forearms down to your knees and your head to the floor [2]. Slowly return to the starting position. That's one rep.

HERE'S HOW MUCH TO DO:

Week One and Two: 3 sets x 10 reps. Couple this exercise with two other movements such as a plank (3 sets x 10) and side wood chop (3 sets x 10).

Week Three and Four: 5 sets x 8-10 reps with heavier weight. Couple this with same movements as above. (3 sets x 10)

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