There is no doubt that sit-ups and crunches are beneficial, however apart from being pretty difficult to do many people have back and neck pain after doing them.

That is why in today’s article we present to you few alternatives that provide the same benefits for loosing calories. Other than that they are perfect for a beginner and we recommend you to give it a try.

Side Plank Crunches

Medicine Ball Twists

Sit down on the floor, lif your legs and back as much as you can. With your arms spread forward, turn to one side of the body and then to the next. Repeat this exercise for 10 times. Complete 12 full rotations. (That’s 24 twists!)

Medicine Ball Jackknives

Medicine ball jackknives are some of the most effective exercises for working your core in very short time. Lie down, your legs straight. Hold a medicine ball above your head. Raise your legs up keeping them as straight as possible while bringing the medicine ball toward them. Lower down slowly then repeat. If you find them difficult at first, bend your knees toward your chest instead of keeping your legs straight. 3 sets of 10-15 repetitions per side will make your abs burn.

Mountain Climber Crosses

For this exercise, you need to get into the plan position and bring your left knee toward your chest you need to put it back and then pull your right knee toward your chest, replicating the look of a climbing motion. Then you need to repeat the motion for 30 to 60 seconds.

Split Leg V-Ups

Position yourself by lying flat on the ground with your legs vertically up as if against a wall. Hold this position and curving your back, try to extend so as to make your fingertips touch your toes. Make sure your core is contracted while doing this move and you should feel an amazing burn in the abdominal region. Repeat until failure!

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