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Push-ups Are A Better Abs Exercise Than Crunches


So I had a question the other day about push-ups…the client wondered if I honestly believed push-ups were better for your abs than things like crunches. Do I?  ABSO-FRICKIN-LUTELY!

Push-ups are a better abs exercise than crunches.

Oh yes, I said it and you’re darn right I believe it.

Crunches seem to be the Holy Grail for abs exercises, yet they don’t hold much water (or wine?) when it comes to really slicing off that layer of goo you have sitting on your stomach.

Sure they make your abs ‘burn’ and feel like you’re working your stomach, which in turn makes you feel like you might lose stomach fat, but they just don’t work that way.

Sorry to burst your crunching bubble, but they don’t.

But why are push-ups better than crunches to lose stomach fat?

For one they move a heck of a lot more muscle, which is the true key to losing fat.  In addition to working your core (which is much more than your abs), push-ups work your arms, chest and shoulders.  By my count, that’s a lot more muscle than just the “six pack muscles”.

Plus, as I just mentioned, push-ups do work your core.  When you take a step back and look at a push-up, it’s essentially a moving Plank (the Plank is the king of core exercises).  Your body is stable except you’re moving up and down…OK, so it’s not that stable, but you get the idea.

The big problem when it comes to push-ups and turning them into an effective core and abs exercise is that many people do them wrong.

I can count on one hand the number of new clients who have come in to my studio and done a perfect (or decent) push-up.  Most people’s cores are very weak when they start out and they try to make it easier, either consciously or subconsciously, by cheating.

Well, the Fit Dad is here to save the day with your push-ups because I made a video about how to do them properly and I included a beginner variation so even if you’re new to the workout world you can still make your push-ups an effective core exercise, not to mention an awesome strengthening and fat burning exercise.

How To Do A Push-Up

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Before I let you go I thought I’d share another video demonstrating a few different push-up variations.

I loves me some push-ups, but the standard ones get a bit boring once you have it mastered.  If you can do 10 reps of the standard push-up…it’s time to move on and step it up a notch.

Here’s that video…

Push-Up Variations (Still better than crunches for your abs!)

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As usual, if you have any questions or comments, leave a comment below.

I love hearing from you, either good or bad.  Speaking of bad, I just had a lady unsubscribe because she said I was boring.  I don’t think I’m boring.  I think I’m a pretty cool dude – which just by saying that means I’m not.

Have a great day!


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  • Ed Scow, aka 'The Fit Dad'

    I love ‘Hindu’ Push-ups and do them regularly. They are tough and you need to have a pretty strong and healthy core to do them properly, but if you can master them, they are awesome.


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