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Fitness Tip

Want Flatter Abs? Try the Creepy Crawler!

Core Strengthening Exercise & Women’s Fitness in Baltimore

In survey after survey investigating which areas of their bodies women feel most self-conscious about, one small word makes the list again and again, namely abs. If you’re among the many people trying to crunch your way to a trimmer waistline and leaner midsection, you may be missing out on an exercise which can vastly enhance your efforts. Read on to learn more about how creepy crawlers can help you get the results you’ve been looking for, and plenty of other health and wellness benefits, too.

Introducing the Creepy Crawler 

It may sound like some kind of Halloween decoration, but creepy crawlers are actually a core-boosting, muffin top-toning workout move recommended by personal trainers and other fitness experts. What’s the best part? They couldn’t be easier to do.

From a standing position with slightly bent knees, lean forward and lower your palms to the ground. Slowly walk your hands out one at a time, inching your body forward without moving your feet. Once your body is extending into the full, outstretched plank position with your spine neutral and your core engaged, reverse the movement by walking your hands back to your feet.

Here’s a popular variation on the move. Starting in plank position, raise your right knee toward your right elbow before returning it to plank position. Repeat on the left side and voila! You’re doing the creepy crawler plank. Once you’ve mastered the move, you can increase the difficulty level by replacing the step motion with a hop.

One thing to keep in mind is that while creepy crawlers are suitable for beginners, proper form is essential, not just for ensuring efficiency, but also in terms of injury prevention. If you’re looking to make the most of your creepy crawlers, a personal trainer can help ensure that your creepy crawlers are on point. For creepy crawler advice and other workout tips, sign up for a personal trainer session at Brick Bodies today.

The Many Benefits of the Creepy Crawler 

Planks are regarded as one of the best core conditioning exercises out there. Creepy crawlers enhance their impact by heightening the focus on the abdominal and oblique muscles.

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Creepy crawlers have all the benefits of planks with a tummy tightening target.

While a toned belly tops the list of reasons why creepy crawlers should be part of your fitness routine, this movement supports much more than buff abs. A stronger back, increased flexibility, and even a better mood are all ancillary benefits of creepy crawlers. Additionally, if you’re looking to improve your posture, enhance your balance, and boost your endurance, planks also deliver.

But that’s not all. This strength-boosting bodyweight exercise can also be done anywhere, earning it a spot on PopSugar’s roundup of “The Best Cardio Exercises You Can Do in Your Living Room.”  The takeaway? If you’re on the road and can’t make it to the gym for a day or two, creepy crawlers can help you stay within striking distance of your fitness goals.

The quest for fit, flatter abs can feel like an impossibility. However, like most things in life, they are within reach with hard work and the right strategies in place. Getting your dream body isn’t just a matter of exercise, but also eating right.