How To Do An Abdominal Crunch

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There are many ways to do an abdominal crunch, but proper technique will give you the most benefit. Paired with a good diet and other muscle and cardio exercises, the abdominal crunch can help your core strength and display those 6-pack abs you’ve always wanted.

HOW TO

  • Lie on your back with your knees bent slightly and comfortably apart.
  • Keep your feet rooted to the floor and about as wide as your hips.
  • Fold your arms over your chest and tighten your abdominal muscles.
  • Raise your head and shoulders gently off of the floor.
  • Hold for three breaths and then move back down to your starting position.
  • If you feel tension in your abdominal muscles then you’re doing it right.

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HOW NOT TO

  • Never put your your hands behind your head because it could cause a neck injury.
  • Hands behind your head will also hinder your ability to effectively isolate your abdominal muscles.
  • Do abdominal crunches like you would any other muscle, 1-3 sets of 8-20 repetitions. Once your form begins to fall apart be sure to stop there.