Abdominal crunches are one of the most
common ab exercises. They may be more simple than other stomach
workouts but can be very effective if done correctly.
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These are some of
the more common stomach exercises.
They will work
both the upper and lower abdominal muscles, or your rectus abdominis
rectus abdominis is often referred to as your six pack abs.
people think of this as separate muscles with upper abs and lower ab
This is actually one long
when performing abdominal crunches, you will be working the entire
muscle but with a focus on the upper or lower area of this muscle.
List of Crunches
You can use the links below to go directly to a specific exercise.
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Advantages & Disadvantages of Abdominal Crunches
the advantages to doing crunches is it requires no
abdominal exercise equipment.
All you need is a spot on the
floor and an exercise mat.
Another great advantage to
abdominal exercise crunches is there is less stress on the lower back
than some more
advanced or challenging abdominal exercises.
Some of the disadvantages of doing stomach crunches is the
limited range of
The crunch requires very little movement of the spine
and stomach, which limits the area of muscle worked.
disadvantage to crunches is that it requires no additional resistance
in the form of weight or an exercise ball.
Therefore you can
outgrow or plateau your strength training on these abdominal muscles.
If this happens, try using an exercise ball or add some
weights to your crunches.
Read about these top abdominal crunches and how they rate in this study
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