I recently wrote a number of brief “ab” training articles for MuscleMag.com. They are a series of pieces that explain some of my favorite go-to movements. This one talks about torso rotations and the importance of not always training in the sagittal plane.

Let’s be honest; we all want to look better naked. A big reason people hit the gym is to improve their physiques, look better at the beach, impress the opposite sex, etc. Some folks train for a particular sport, want to combat disease, are looking to shed a couple pounds; but looking better is probably somewhere on that list of goals as well.


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While some may call it vain, there really isn’t anything wrong with exercising to look better. With an improved body composition comes improved self-worth and self-confidence which can translate into a more positive attitude and a more productive individual. Hit the gym and be a better employee, a better husband, and a better person.

One of the main areas of concern when hitting the gym is the midsection, or abs. Pop into any big-box fitness facility across the country and chances are you’ll see a number of people crunching away in hopes of developing a 6-pack midsection.

Sadly, crunches are not the most effective way to get results. Next time you hit the gym, try substituting your crunch exercise with ‘Torso Rotations’ instead. Here’s the breakdown:

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE (or click either image)


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About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012. 

For more information please visit www.dbstrength.com.