Traditional Crunch

Abdominal Crunches

The traditional crunch is one of the most common abdominal exercise. It is a great exercise for the stomach if you are just starting out.

It will help strengthen your core muscles as well as your back.

More advanced crunches can be painful to your back if it is not used to these types of movements.

This is the first of a series of crunches to help you tighten and tone your stomach.

This exercise works your rectus abdominus muscle. 

It is one of the most common abs exercises and is believed by many to be one of the most effective.  

However, you may want to read the results of one study on the best ab exercises before you make up your mind on which is the best abdominal exercise.

Exercise #1- Traditional Crunch

This first video in the series is your basic crunch. While simple in design, it can be very effective if done properly.

How to do the Traditional Crunch
  1. Lying flat on the floor, make sure your lower back is pressed to the floor and is not arched.
  2. Place your hands loosely behind or beside your head.
  3. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on the floor.
  4. Exhale while you curl your body forward off the floor making sure your shoulder blades come off the floor.
  5. Hold for one second and then slowly return to starting position, inhaling while you return to the floor.
  6. Repeat this for 8to 15 repetitions.
If you have not done ab exercises for awhile, the traditional crunch is a great starter workout.

It helps strengthen your core and back before moving up to more challenging stomach exercises.

Click on the video to watch a demonstration of this ab exercise. 

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