The Crunch

Below is a video of the crunch, which is a great exercise to strengthen your abdominal muscles.

Note: The crunch is demonstrated on the ground, but you can also do it on your bed if you prefer.

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In the last 10 years, the crunch has replaced the sit-up as the world’s favorite stomach exercise. Why?

While the sit-up does a good job of activating the abdominal muscles, it also places a lot of pressure and stress on the lower back. The crunch allows us to activate those same muscles without the wear and tear on the lower back.

Points to Remember:
  • Go slow both ways, especially on the way down. You will actually get a better contraction by going slowly.
  • Think about the muscle being used. Envision your abs pulling the ribcage towards the pelvis. Feel the muscle contract.
  • Don’t hold your breath. Instead, exhale slowly as you come up, and inhale on the way down.
  • Don’t do too many. People often get carried away with stomach exercises because they think they can reduce their waistline by doing 200 crunches every day. That’s not how it works, unfortunately. You should only do about 1-2 sets of 10-15 reps 2 or 3 times per week.

 

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