At the time I was using ankle weights for walking, which was a big mistake, as I found out later. I didn’t know that ankle weight exercises could be hard on the joints, since there wasn’t much information about them back then; this was back in the 80’s. Luckily for me I was using very light weight and no damage was done. I did notice, however, that the ankle weights kept moving around and weren’t as effective as I had hoped. For this reason, I began to use them more for core body work.
Core body work is where it’s at when it comes to toning the stomach, whether it’s lower in the pooch area or what many people refer to as upper abs. In reality, there are no upper and lower abs it’s all one big muscle, however, you can target the upper or lower area of the abdominal muscle with different types of ab exercises, but it’s good to know that they are connected.
When you work the other core muscles such as thighs, hips, back and butt the abs are worked as well and are hit at various angles, consequently, the abs get a more thorough workout. The more variety the better, especially when it comes to twisting, then you are more than likely going to be targeting the hard to reach oblique stomach muscles at the sides aka love handles.
Many of us have done stomach crunches of all types and they still have their place as far as I am concerned. I haven’t stopped doing them, but they should be a part of the ab workout not THE ab workout. In fact, I do crunches with ankle weights they’re just reverse ab crunches. Reverse ab crunches with leg weights are an excellent way to tone the lower part of the abdominal muscle and you can do them at home or in the gym. Just be sure to press the small of the back into the floor when lifting feet and legs and not allow the back to arch or you risk back injury.