Disco Valante is in the men’s underwear business and let me tell you nothing exudes sexiness like a model with a tight six pack sporting fashionable briefs. Everyman’s dream is to have that sterotypical male model body. Who doesn’t want a six pack? The six pack is the most coveted muscle group. Wash board abs give you confidence to take off your shirt regardless of the situation. The beach season is here and Disco Valante wants to help you strut down the sand with killer abs with an ongoing series dedicated to abs. Lesson 1, the crunch.
1.Lie on the floor (using a mat is much better to prevent back pain).
2.Bend your knees up as far as they go.
3. Cross your arms in front of your chest. Do not place both hands behind your head. Placing both hands behind your head can cause lower back problems in the long run as it places unnecessary stress on that part of your body from pulling on your head and neck. Another alternative to crossing your arms in front of your chest is to lightly place your finger tips behind your ears, without pulling on your neck or ears to help raise you off the floor.
4. Draw in your abdomen towards your spine while inhaling through your nose.
5. Now raise your shoulders (upper torso) towards your knees, using strictly your abdominal muscles. It is very important not to lift your entire back off the floor, as this can cause back strain, and the extended movement does not help you develop six pack abs any faster. The most important part of the crunch is the initial flexing of your abs as you lift your shoulders off of the floor.
6. As soon as you begin lifting off the floor exhale through your mouth, ending with a gasp once your shoulders are off the floor.
7. Pause for a second once you are at the top of the crunch and exhale the last bit of air from your diaphragm while flexing your abs. The proper breathing and flexing make all the difference.
8. Lower back down in a slow and controlled manner while inhaling through your nose, just until your shoulder blades touch the ground. Do not let your head touch the ground.
-Make sure to use your abs, not your neck, to do crunches
-Doing crunches outside in the grass at a park or community center is a lot more comfortable than on a hard floor.