Six pack, four pack, two; even a one pack.
They come in all shapes and sizes. If you didn’t guess we are talking abdominals.
Everyone’s core is uniquely shaped and contoured. Regardless the count of your “pack,” the point is to have a strong midsection. And typically the stronger the core, the stronger the whole body will be. A huge bonus, too, strength in the core usually means less stress on the back.
Our move today is a rope climb crunch. It’s a simple move that can be executed by all levels of fitness. This crunch is working the whole midsection, with a focus on the obliques.
Begin this rope climb by lying on your back, bending in the knees and planting your feet on the ground. Press your back into the floor, and reach both arms upward.
Now, you are ready to climb. Keeping a space between your neck and chest, proceed to lift your shoulders off the ground. Engage the core and begin to reach the hands arm over arm, as if you are climbing up a rope.
Keeping the muscles of the midsection engaged, continue this climbing motion. Maintain this motion for at least 20 reaches. Take a short break, and return to your climb. Give yourself three to five sets of at least 20 reaches each.
This move can be performed alone anywhere. It would be great added into any abdominal workout. If you need more intensity, add more reaches, and reach higher.
If you need a little less, cut it in half. It’s your workout.

Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Gold’s Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA in Florida, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.com.