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Back/Abs exercises for HIIT

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 14, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I hate crunches! Does anybody have suggestions for exercises I can add into my HIIT routine for my abs and back? Thanks!

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on January 15, 2013
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i don"t really do barbell exercises, but i have to agree with u. also found this article: http://baye.com/getting-ripped-abs-with-no-direct-abdominal-exercises/ which pretty much says exactly the same as you. So i"ll take your advice and try to incorporate some exercises that will incorporate my torso.

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on January 15, 2013
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GP = good point.

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on January 14, 2013
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I hate crunches too. Two mins and you are done. Hanging leg raises are crunches too btw.

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um, that just looks like a lot of crunches. You might have missed it but the OP wrote "I hate crunches!" ... with an exclamation mark.

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on January 14, 2013
at 09:31 PM

Personally, my favorite abs exercise is hanging leg raises (toe to bar). It really hits the lower abdominal region and the transverse abdominas, which is ideal for bringing out the Greek God-like "Adonis Belt." That, plus some heavy compounds and a really good diet is all you are ever going to need to build a top-notch midsection. Throw in a some broomstick twists for toning of your internal and external obliques, and you're done.

Personally, I just tack on 10 minutes of abs to the end of my weight training sessions. So, since you're not lifting (and I recommend you start), just tack on those two exercises to the end of your routine. Try doing 4 sets of 25 hanging leg raises and then 100 broomstick twists (in as few sets as possible). If you cannot do 25 reps consecutively of hanging leg raises, then do as many sets as it takes you to hit 100 reps.

I don't know if you are a boy or a girl, but if you are a girl, I suggest that be all. If you are guy who appreciates aesthetics, throwing in some weighted/resistance abs exercises (take your pick) a couple times a week to build a deeper set of abs (i.e. a valley between your left and right rectus abdominus) is a good way to go.

For the lower back, try reverse hyperextensions, both weighted and not weighted...and/or heavy deadlifts. The DLs will definitely help you build a strong core as well.

Hope that helps.

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on January 14, 2013
at 10:30 PM

I am strongly against using your abs to generate force and motion. I.e., situps, crunches, or any of the 100 other things you see on informertials. The reason you have abs (and the rest of your core) it to tighten and turn your torso into a strong unit. Think of the difference between an empty soda can and full one. The full one (if it's sealed) it really strong and you can stand on it. The empty one crushes easily. So to make your abs (and the rest of your core) strong, you should just do exercises that require you to have a solid torso: squats (all variants, including OHS), deadlift, olympic lifts, etc.

D747cba2ff408c24250d7a8d87be4104

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on January 15, 2013
at 07:37 PM

i don"t really do barbell exercises, but i have to agree with u. also found this article: http://baye.com/getting-ripped-abs-with-no-direct-abdominal-exercises/ which pretty much says exactly the same as you. So i"ll take your advice and try to incorporate some exercises that will incorporate my torso.

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on January 14, 2013
at 10:32 PM

Planks, plank oblique twists, pike oblique twists, soldier crawl planks, rocker crawls, candlestick dippers, candlestick to jump, Caramelldansen dance move ;)

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on January 14, 2013
at 10:14 PM

my go-to exercises are planks- especially moving forward, backward, side to side. i love hanging knee raises and sidebar sidebends.

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on January 14, 2013
at 09:33 PM

For the basics, all you need is tight abs during every exercise, and planks...

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 14, 2013
at 09:56 PM

um, that just looks like a lot of crunches. You might have missed it but the OP wrote "I hate crunches!" ... with an exclamation mark.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 15, 2013
at 12:02 AM

GP = good point.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 14, 2013
at 11:40 PM

I hate crunches too. Two mins and you are done. Hanging leg raises are crunches too btw.

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