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Fit Form: Crunches

May 28, 2013

Crunches are one of the best ways to tone your abdominal area, but they must be done correctly. In this blog, I detail the form for a basic crunch:

  • Take a deep breath in, then hollow out your abs and flatten your lower back against the floor as you exhale. There should be no space between your back and the floor. Your back should remain glued to the floor throughout the entire crunch.
  • Exhale as you lift your shoulders off of the floor.
  • As you exhale and lift your shoulders, focus on sending your abs deeper into your spine. Think of everything as being connected. Breathing out sends your abs deeper into the floor lifts your shoulders off of the mat.
  • Lower your shoulders down to the floor with control. Focus on using your abs to control the lowering, without the help of gravity.
  • Execute the crunches slowly enough that you are eliminating any help from momentum.
  • While you have the option of reaching out with your arms, if you feel any strain in your neck, place your hands lightly behind your neck or ears.
  • If you are in a position with your hands lightly placed behind your ears, make sure to keep the elbows as wide as possible.
  • Utilize your breath. The deeper you breathe, the harder you will work your abs.

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Leave any questions about crunch form in the comments below! Or share your favorite modification of the basic crunch.

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