C R U N C H E S.
I always get a LOT of people asking me if doing a basic crunch is enough to get a six pack and toned abs. No it is not, unfortunately, wouldn’t that be easy! You need to eat healthy. Drink water [Keep Calm and Drink Water (; ]. Do cardio a few times a week. And use weights too, if you can. Exercise daily. Even if its a walk with the dog or 100 jumping jacks. It all adds up.
What is a crunch? A crunch is one of the most popular abdominal exercises. It works the Rectus abdominis muscle, which are the ‘6 pack muscles’.
Difference between a crunch and a sit up? When performing a crunch, the lower back stays on the floor.
Will Crunches make me lose weight? No. You need to do cardio to lose weight. If you’re trying to lose weight just stick to good/effective cardio - Treadmill, Cycling.. Whatever it is that you find fun.
- Basic Crunch
2. Reverse Crunch
3. Bicycle Crunch
4. Twisting Crunch
5. Thai Crunch
6 & 7 I’d put under advanced
6. Cable Crunch
7. Dragon Flag
- Sore from doing crunches ? Here’s an article from Livestrong on what you could be doing wrong and what could severely damage you: http://www.livestrong.com/article/384820-why-do-crunches-hurt-my-back/
- How many crunches do I need to do daily? I’d avoid daily. Unless you are advanced. Maybe 3/4 times a week when starting off, then build it up to 5. Another article from Livestrong: http://www.livestrong.com/article/523201-how-many-crunches-a-day-to-get-in-shape/
There are many more exercises you can do too. Not just these. Google them; Captain’s Chair, using an Exercise Ball, Vertical Leg Crunch, Torso Track, Long arm Crunch, Hover, Ab Roller etc.
Ten most effective ab exercises: http://exercise.about.com/od/abs/ss/abexercises.ht