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Top 10 ab exercises revealed

It's long been debated - what are the top ten abs exercises? Everyone has their favourites, but this tends to be based more on personal preference than anything else.

People want to know what's the most popular and what's the best! Now, you can sort the top ten abs exercises thanks to researchers at the Biomechanics Lab at San Diego State University.

The researchers looked at 13 different options, from traditional crunches through to more complicated activities that required equipment.

The abs exercises were then ranked based upon the amount of muscle stimulation they produced in both the rectus abdominus (the muscle that runs along the front of the abdomen) and the internal and external obliques (the muscles that extend along the sides of the abdomen).

Using the traditional ab crunch as a baseline, for which we gave it a nominal rating/score of 100, a number of key exercises are ranked as follows on the next page.

This provides you with a simple and easy to understand ranking of how effective certain exercises are in context of their benefit to your fitness plan & workout.

(Please go to the next page to see how specific exercises score when compared to a baseline of 100)

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