I’m yet to meet a person that doesn’t want a healthy spine, strong abs and maybe decent bit of definition to go with it. Let me introduce an exercise that does all of the above.
The McGill Curl Up
– lie face up on the floor with one knee flexed and one knee straight
– place your palms on the floor under the small of your back
– begin the exercise by slowly lifting your head and shoulders off the floor without bending your lower back (its only a small range of motion)
– squeeze your abs at the top of the movement and hold for 5-10 seconds before returning to the starting position
– perform 8-15 reps before changing legs and performing the same amount of reps with the other knee flexed
This modified crunch works your entire abdominal muscle complex while keeping your lower back in its naturally arched position. This will minimise stress on the spine, preventing future back problems.