Most of us have seen bodybuilders and celebrities do crunches to tone their abdomen. Abdominal crunches are great to get a flat stomach and lose the embarrassing jiggly belly fat. This exercise may look easy but needs to be done in the right manner for its effects to be seen.
Most of us do crunches in the wrong way. You must elevate your shoulder blades while doing the traditional crunches, and not jerk up with your necks. Moreover, doing it wrong can also lead to back and neck injuries. Any exercise has the potential to hurt you if done incorrectly and when overdone. The crunch has been performed for thousands of repetitions by bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts, and frankly, there are few among them who have had back problems due to it. Most of those who have had problems have followed bad technique or overdone it. So, no, the crunch by itself is not bad for your back, unless you do it wrong or do too much. Learn how to do this exercise the right way from Kaizzad Capadia, fitness trainer and co-founder of K11 Fitness Academy. He also explains what each movement or each position does to your body. If you are a beginner, start with ten crunches and then increase the number when you are comfortable. You can increase the challenge of this exercise by adding weight.
Crunches are just like any other strengthening exercises but for the core / abdominal muscle. They give the muscles in the trunk a toned and defined look. You need other activities that provide a cardio component to melt the fat from the belly region. So, in addition to doing crunches, you need to do cardiovascular exercises along with weights either individually or in the form of interval training. Keeping your heart rate elevated through your workouts with minimum rest can create maximum impact.
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Published: September 1, 2016 5:51 pm | Updated:March 22, 2017 10:49 am