Here are my 3 favorite abdominal exercises in which none involve lying on your back and curling your shoulder blades off the ground, or any type of movement that requires you to perform hundreds of situps while lying on the ground.
These 3 ab exercises can be performed in circuit fashion for an excellent abdominal workout that will work your abs really well and help burn belly fat without placing stress on your lower back.
The first exercise is the ab wheel. To begin you want to put your knees on the ground and place your body in the upright position. Rollout, keeping your back straight, while squeezing your abs and then return to the starting position. Repeat.
Next, you will immediately move on to stability ball jackknives. There are all sorts of variations of this exercise. For example, you can rest your elbows on a bench with your feet on a stability ball, placing your body in a plank-like position. In this case, you will brace your abs and tuck your knees into your chest and then back out.
To make this exercise even more difficult you can do one-leg stability ball jackknives. So, when one leg tucks in, the other kicks out.
You may also want to try stability ball jackknives with a bit of rotation. This will involve bringing your knees to one side and then to the other.
Another alternative is to perform stability ball jackknives with your hands on the ground, with an additional push up added in for good measure.
The final abdominal exercise in this circuit is the cross body mountain climber. Instead of the regular mountain climber where you bring your knees to your chest, with the rotation you are going to bring your knee to the opposite elbow. This way you include a rotation element and work your abs extra hard.
These abs exercises will give you great results, burn belly fat, and get you ripped abs!