If you want to know how to do crunches, here they are, in all their glory. From regular crunches over an easier version for beginners to making this popular ab exercise more difficult.
So You Want To Do Crunches
I’m going to say it again in the video, but let’s make sure we really don’t waste your time on this: Crunches won’t give you a flat stomach and by themselves they also are not enough to give you a six-pack.
Still, they are a very useful exercise, even if you aren’t in the market for washboard abs, as the ab muscles significantly help stabilize your upper body during your daily activities and during exercise. If you have back pain, having strong ab muscles can also help alleviate it, as they take pressure off your back.
How To Do Crunches
The technical side of doing crunches is quite easy. The most important thing you have to remember is to not pull on your head:
How Often To Do Them?
As I mentioned in the video, three times per week for three sets each should suffice and preferably you make this part of a complete workout plan. Once you are able to perform 12 repetitions on all three sets with good form, you can up the difficulty slightly, as explained in the video. A 1 – 2 lb (0.5 – 1 kg) plate should suffice.