Below is a
video of the crunch, which is a great exercise to strengthen your
The crunch is demonstrated on the ground, but you
can also do it on your bed if you prefer.
your speakers on)
In the last 10
years, the crunch has replaced the sit-up as the world’s favorite
stomach exercise. Why?
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.
slow both ways, especially on the way down. You will actually get a
better contraction by going slowly.
about the muscle being used. Envision your abs pulling the ribcage
towards the pelvis. Feel the muscle contract.
hold your breath. Instead, exhale slowly as you come up, and inhale on
the way down.
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.