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Which Ab Move Works Best?

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Standard Crunch
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Standard Crunch
Looking to tone your tummy? The standard crunch may not be your best bet. Find out how the Pilates roll-up exercise can sculpt your abs.

The Pilates roll-up is 30 percent more effective than the standard crunch when it comes to targeting the rectus abdominis (the "six-pack" muscle), say researchers at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama. Because the move challenges your abs through a fuller range of motion, it recruits more muscle fibers.

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Pilates Roll-up
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Pilates Roll-Up

  • Lie back with legs straight and arms extended above head next to ears.
  • Bring arms forward, tilt chin down, and slowly curl upper body up, reaching hands to toes.
  • Repeat 8 to 10 times three times a week.

Originally published in Fitness magazine, October 2005.


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robertdickins wrote:

Great post! I've been struggling with belly fat for a long time, until I found this one secret that transformed my body in 6 months: the less you work on your abs and more on the other muscles, the more your abs will show. Check my full story on

3/19/2013 12:33:14 PM Report Abuse
bistro-by-sea wrote:

This move is not good if u have lower back issues like me!

11/3/2009 09:01:12 PM Report Abuse
donnaj2202 wrote:

love it

10/31/2009 08:15:43 PM Report Abuse
zari_parri wrote:

i totally agree

10/27/2009 11:30:10 AM Report Abuse
eatingbirdfood wrote:

I love the pilates roll up move!

10/25/2009 08:21:25 PM Report Abuse

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