Crunches instead of Sqauts

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    ashleyderbyshire
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    My pecs and my arms are getting bigger from pull ups and push ups.

    i want to keep my abs growing at the same pace will squats do this for me

    or will i be better off doing crunches. cheers

    #117593
    volleyball_man
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    For ab work – try planks. For general core/torso strength, overhead squats are hard to beat.

    #117594
    NatureDoc
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    I’ve seen studies showing that more abdominal muscle fibers are engaged during squats than crunches.

    Do squats on a rebounder! It challenges the core even more.

    You can also get a swiss ball or those half balls (round part on the ground) or those circular discs that are flat but filled with a couple inches of air.

    Yah?

    #117595
    scumdogg
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    Abs get a lot of work in any exercise required to keep your torso stable and squats fall into that category. Unfortunately you probably won’t see any real ab development with just bodyweight squats, so you might throw in planks, like VBM said, and crunches if you like doing them. If you ever decide to progress to a weight lifting program and start doing weighted squats, overhead presses, and deadlifts then that will be the only ab work you’ll need.

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