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Ab Crunches Workout

What are Abdominal Crunches?

The terms "sit-ups" and "crunches" are often used interchangeably, but in fact crunches do not (unlike sit-ups) involve raising the lower-back. They involve smaller more subtle movements which isolate the abs area and avoid back strain. Crunches help to develop the upper ab muscle responsible for the "six-pack" look.

How to Do Ab Crunches?

With a crunch, you lift your upper body - head, shoulders and upper back - but your lower back stays on the floor.

How to Do Basic Abdominal Crunch?

  • Lie flat on the floor with your knees bent and your feet hip-width apart. Cross your arms in front of you with hands on opposite shoulders.
  • By tightening your stomach muscles, raise your head, neck and chest as one unit, until your shoulder-blades are off the floor. Do not raise any part of your lower back.
  • Focus on pulling your chest downwards towards your hips. Keep your gluteal (butt) muscles relaxed.
  • Hold your raised position for a count of two. Slowly lower yourself, while inhaling.

Sets of Crunches

Try 2 sets of 12 with a short rest in between.

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