Stir the pot
This is a bit more of an obscure ab exercise, but is one of the best out there for challenging the entire core at once.
Stir the pot looks kind of like a plank done with your forearms on an exercise ball. In fact, that’s exactly how you set yourself up. The challenge is the actual stirring -- your job is to make circles with your forearms, moving the ball in the process.
You should find that your abs hate you, your obliques want to cry, and your lower back is screaming in agony; in a good way, of course.
Like always, it's about the quality, especially since in the beginning, balance is going to be half the battle. I suggest people try out three sets with five circles going each direction, three times a week.
Sit-ups may be popular, but so were acid bell-bottoms and parachute pants. Luckily we've gotten smarter when it comes to fashion -- let's do the same when it comes to working our abs. Ditch the sit-ups and start training smarter.
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Tanner Baze is a writer and trainer based in Atlanta whose abs really hate him, in a good way. Follow him on Twitter: @dtbaze.